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Toys for Tots needs new warehouse space — and fast
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From left: Kristi Graham, Hall County coordinator for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots of Gainesville, and Gary Verheyen, commandant of the Marine Corps League's Upper Chattahoochee Detachment #665, pull items from donation boxes on Oct. 15, 2020. The two were told they'd need to vacate their current space in the warehouse they use for the Toys for Tots program in coming days. - photo by Thomas Hartwell

Hall County Toys for Tots has a wish list this year that includes a building for relocation. 

Kristi Graham, the Hall County coordinator for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots of Gainesville, said they have been asked to move from the Chicopee Mill Road warehouse space that has been donated to them for the past eight years. 

“I’m trying to reach out to see if there’s anybody out there who has got a space that we can move into, either temporarily or on a permanent basis, so we can at least complete this campaign,” Graham said. “Then we can look for a more suitable home or if we’re just lucky, we find something that we can stay for long-term.” 

Danny Scroggs, who owns the property, confirmed that Toys for Tots was asked to move from its current space. Scroggs said there is a prospective tenant who needs to be out of their old space in a short period of time. 

Scroggs said there was space toward the back of the property that could be used by the organization while “trying to figure out what we can do to hopefully make everybody less unhappy.” 

Graham said she was grateful for the space they’ve been allowed to use but wanted to pursue other options. 

“In typical Marine fashion, we’re going to adapt and we’re going to overcome,” Graham said. 

Graham said they need a space of 10,000 square feet or more that has a meeting room or something similar for the Marine Corps. 

It would need to have a loading ramp or dock to move toys in and out of the facility easily. 

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From left: Kristi Graham, Hall County coordinator for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots of Gainesville, and Gary Verheyen, commandant of the Marine Corps League's Upper Chattahoochee Detachment #665 on Oct. 15, 2020. The two were told they'd need to vacate their current space in the warehouse they use for the Toys for Tots program in coming days. - photo by Thomas Hartwell

Hall County Toys for Tots has already received 400 applications from families looking for help to get Christmas toys for their children, when the organization usually receives less than 1,000 applications by Dec. 14. 

“We’re going to need donations of all kinds to make this a successful year because there’s so much need, but the primary thing right now is having a space that we can do this and do this properly,” Graham said. 

Anyone wanting to help can contact Graham at gainesville.ga@toysfortots.org

Other organizations — including the Gainesville Jaycees, Hall is Home and Family Promise of Hall County — are also in the works of gathering Christmas gift donations for local kids in need.  

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Kristi Graham, Hall County coordinator for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots of Gainesville, inspects an item on Oct. 15, 2020 in a donation box at the warehouse used to store items for the program. Graham and Gary Verheyen, right, commandant of the Marine Corps League's Upper Chattahoochee Detachment #665, were told they'd need to vacate their current space in the warehouse they use for the Toys for Tots program in coming days. - photo by Thomas Hartwell
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