Wiregrass Toys for Tots still needing storage space

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) — Wiregrass Toys for Tots Coordinator Mike Walton has a big problem on his hands.

“We need a new building to call home.”

For 12 years, the Marine Corps League Toys for Tots organization has relied on the old Dothan Armory for storing its Christmas toys.

But, they’ve outgrown the space and need more.

“At least between 8,000 to 10,000 square feet.”

Walton has been looking for a rent-free storage facility since January.

“What I would really like to see is somebody step up and give us a place where we could call it an Armed Forces Building.”

He says the location must be one-story and secure.

“We don’t make enough money to rent a place, that’s our biggest thing. All the money that I do collect, I go out and I buy the toys and I also buy them all here locally.”

Sixteen community agencies participate in the Toys for Tots Campaign each year. They say not having a central storage location could put a limit on their collection efforts.

Last year, Walton says 2,600 children in the Wiregrass got at least five toys a piece. But, without a storage base this year, he says they’ll have to scale back.

“If I don’t have the space, I can only guarantee each child one toy.”

With toy collection season about to kick-off in October, Walton remains optimistic.

“Somebody’s gotta have a big heart and say hey we can do this for you.”

If you'd like to donate storage space to Wiregrass Toys for Tots, call 2-1-1.