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Toys for Tots needs a warehouse

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DFW Toys for Tots is facing a different kind of economic challenge as it works to make Christmas special for children in the area.

The organization said each year it relies on donated storage and operations space for the toy drive. But this year the warehouse market is tighter than ever.

 "Usually by this time we're already in our space. We don't have any place to go with them right now," said Diana Varnedore, who has volunteered with Toys for Tots for more than 20 years.

The organization said many companies have been pressed by the down economy. They've had to pass on charity and rent their warehouse space for profit.

"I don't know how we're going to distribute the toys. I've got people asking for boxes and I have no place to distribute boxes from," Varnedore said.

Last year DFW Toys for Tots distributed 277,000 toys to children in 11 counties in the Dallas – Fort Worth area. It needs at least 30,000 square feet to make those children's dream come true again.

The organization has people scouring the area for options. It needs to be set up by October 1.

It's really hoping a secret warehouse Santa will come through before then.

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