United Way Martin County needs donated storage space for Toys for Tots campaign

Published: Sep. 27, 2021 at 10:21 PM EDT
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The United Way of Martin County needs the community’s help to purchase and store toys for this year’s Toys for Tots campaign.

"Every day we're getting like four boxes," said Carol Houwart-Diez, CEO. "We had someone for a few years, they donated the space, and then COVID hit. They had to make a decision, a business decision."

Houwart-Diez said the non-profit needs the space until mid-November when they can bring the toys to the Martin County Fairgrounds.

"You've got bikes, and you've got, we get small things, bigger things also, they really do need the storage," said Doris Magnuson, a volunteer.

"We're looking for somebody to please give us some storage space somewhere," said Germaine Alger, another volunteer.

Adding to the problem is a shortage of toys to buy.

"We know there's going to be a toy shortage and a bike shortage this year just because of shipments and supply and what not so we're starting to ask people now to donate things," said Houwart-Diez.

Last year, the United Way of Martin County gave away over 11,000 toys to nearly 800 underprivileged families.

"It would be nice if someone would step up," said Magnuson.

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