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Forgotten Child Fund needs thousands of toy donations

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Inside the Forgotten Child Fund toy store, volunteers pack and sort all of the donations for children each year.

This year, donations are at an all-time low. A box for girls ages 6 - 8, only has one gift inside.

Volunteers say they still have thousands of kids to pack for.

"We have a lot of kids left to pack for, and when you look at bins that are empty and you don't have things, that causes a problem," said volunteer Ashley Burnette.

Last year, volunteers filled boxes for 9,156 children.
This year, organizer Clay Ingle expects to have even more children to provide for.

"We're anticipating this being the biggest toy year we've ever had," Ingle said.

Each child gets a gift box with 5-7 toys inside. That means volunteers have to come up with at least 75,000 toys (or roughly $750,000).

"We're going to have to do an emergency purchase of toys Monday," Ingle said, "We need help, we need some cash donations, toy donations, we just gotta have it, because the need's out there more than ever."

Until the group gets more donations they'll be purchasing toys out of next year's budget.
Ingle says leaving a child with nothing on Christmas morning, just isn't an option.    

"We're going to make sure everybody is going to get a Christmas someway, we'll get it there," Ingle said.

People like Jeff Covington heard there was a need.
He owns a the Sports Spectrum store on Highway 58, filled up a box with a few things any child would love, and did his part to make a difference.

"We all can give our kids many things but just a simple football, basketball, probably can go a long ways for a child who has nothing," Covington said.

Donations are being collected all the way up until Christmas Eve.

There are several drop off locations throughout the city, including any Chattanooga Fire hall or EMS station, or at the Forgotten Child Fund location at 1715 East Main Street.

For more information on how to help, click here.

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