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Slow donations could leave children without Christmas gifts

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MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -

Some needy children could wake up Christmas morning with no gifts under the tree.

Leaders of Toys For Tots Rutherford County said that is a reality if donations don't start coming in soon.

Toy donations are way down this year and organizers said they may even have to cut back on the number of toys each child receives.

Felecia Turner and her husband Ryan are down on their luck.

"It's been rough. It's been really rough," Felicia Turner said.

Two years ago a fire destroyed their home right before Christmas, and more recently they've been faced with medical problems. Now the family is wondering how they are going to provide Christmas for her two daughters.

"It would be awful seeing the kids without any toys on Christmas," she said.

When her 10-year-old brought a ticket home from school to receive toys from Toys For Tots Rutherford County she jumped for joy.

"If it wasn't for them they would not have much of a Christmas," Turner said.

Toys For Tots volunteers have already started sorting of toys, but the amount collected so far isn't nearly enough.

Only about 3,000 toys have come in. The organization needs 6,300 toys to meet its goal to provide toys for needy students on the free and reduced lunch program in both Murfreesboro City and Rutherford County schools.

Toys for Tots Rutherford County Chairwoman Monica Bowman said needy children wouldn't have any toys to open for Christmas if it weren't for Toys for Tots. If they don't receive more, the group may be forced to give each child only one toy.

"If I don't get the toys to serve them, it will break my heart," Bowman said.

Something the organization doesn't want to even think about.

"Doing this for the kids is awesome," said Steve Arnold, Toys For Tots co-chair, while tearing up.

Toys For Tots Rutherford County is also in dire need of volunteers to help sort the toys.

You can still donate toys at any fire station in Murfreesboro or Rutherford County. You can contact the organization by emailing them at toysfortotsrc@gmail.com.

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