Dec. 3, 2013
The traditional holiday Toy Lift is on Friday, Dec. 6, but this year things may not have a smooth take off. Organizers of the Toy Lift say they are still in need of hundreds of volunteers.
Toy Lift is in its 26th year. Each year volunteers collect toys, books, and even bicycles to give to children for the holidays. Tom Powell, Toy Lift's founder, says tough economic times increase number of kids in need. This year they are collecting toys for 3,800 children, which is more than last year's event. More children means more volunteers are needed.
Powell says they are short 250 volunteers. Some will be needed for Toyland to sort and pack toys for the kids.
"It's the most fun you could ever think of. You'll be exhausted, but you'll feel great because you are Santa Clause to a child," Powell said.
Although some rain may be in the forecast for this year's event, Powell says that shouldn't stop volunteers from coming out, or people from donating.
For more information Toy Lift or how to volunteer, please see the link on the side.