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Toys for Tots has 'urgent' need

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A spokesperson for Atlanta Toys for Tots has announced that the organization is at a critical time in its donation efforts for children of all ages in need.

The organization is asking the general public to help it meet "an urgent need for toys" by Dec. 22 this Christmas.

Cherrie Carney, a spokesperson for Atlanta Toys for Tots, said the charitable group is handling toy requests from 1,450 different toy distribution organizations this year. More than 800,000 toys have been requested, "and our current supply can't meet this demand."

Those wishing to help with the shortage can drop off new, unwrapped toys at their area Publix supermarket.

Carney said locations other than Publix that have drop sites should go ahead and take the toys that have been collected to Publix "instead of holding on to them."

"We are at a critical point in the campaign and need assistance to ensure we make Christmas bright for many of Atlanta's needy children," Carney said. "We need every kind of toy for all ages, boys and girls."

According to its website, Atlanta Toys for Tots is a local affiliate of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program and helps needy families throughout the metro Atlanta area "experience the joy of Christmas, playing an active role in the development of one of the nation's most valuable natural resources--children."

The organization aims to unite community members in a common cause each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign.

"The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a shiny new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to needy youngsters that will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders."

For more information, visit www.atlantatoysfortots.com.