(Memphis) An unexpected and overwhelming turn-out during a holiday toy drive has one young good Samaritan asking for your help tonight.
Volunteers were prepared to serve 800 families but when doors opened, there were well over a thousand asking for help.
Some waited in line outside the Neighborhood Christian Center just to get inside.
Once inside, the waiting continued before families finally made it to the toy store where volunteers helped them shop for the perfect toy.
Each family got 3 toys each.
Volunteers gave out vouchers and screened applicants ahead of time but more people in need showed up than expected.
Angela Clark came with her 3-year-old daughter, Skylar, “Tough times. Hard times and trying to get Christmas toys and pay bills at the same time. It’s kind of hard out here.”
Twenty-two year old Christian Davis organized all of this with the help of the Neighborhood Christian Center, MAPCO and Clear Channel Radio.
He hopes Memphis helps them replenish the supply of toys.
His reasons are personal.
“I grew up in an environment where I wasn’t always able to have the things that I wanted and sometimes the things that I needed,” said Christian Davis, founder Olympic Cares Toy Drive.
Davis added, “I know firsthand to be without and not have what I want in this time and in this season.”
Davis says donations are down this year but he believes once Memphis sees the people and faces they’ve helped already, they’ll dig deeper to help put toys under the tree for the growing number of families in need.
Clark said, “I appreciate what they’re doing this is a great help to me and my family. “
Those who didn’t receive toys today were re-issued vouchers to return next Thursday.
If you’d like to help provide toys for those in need, take them to the Neighborhood
Christian Center at 785 Jackson Ave.
You can call (901) 881.6013 for more information.