For seven years, friends and strangers have worked hard in Pulaski County collecting Christmas toys for families who need a little help. New River Valley reporter Orlando Salinas stopped by to say hello.

Todd Viers and his 10-year-old daughter, Lauren, are carefully looking for toys that each child has asked for specifically.

"Each family gets a bag of clothing for their children and toys."

Inside what used to be Dublin Primary School in Pulaski County, hundreds of strong, stretchy plastic bags line the hallway. Inside old classrooms, toys are stacked up against the walls.

Joanie Cecil has been volunteering with the Pulaski County Christmas Store for years and once taught in this same building.

"This started out in the 50's as an elementary school."

Even with deep cracks, chipped paint and old wiring, the folks who run the Pulaski County Christmas store, say this county-owned building is a blessing.

Nancy Robinson sits on the board of the Pulaski County Christmas Store. I asked about the building and the work it still needs. Nancy quickly set me straight.

"[The County] couldn't have given us anything more than this! When we walk in and we've got room to work."

Churches, local businesses and civic groups have spent the past year stocking these old classrooms with all kinds of  toys and clothes.

Todd Viers and his 10 year old daughter Lauren are helping fill orders. I saw Lauren dragging a big, black bag filled with toys. It looked like it was full, I was wrong.

"That still needs more stuff to be put in it the bag. So you still got more stuff to do? Yes."

Why care so much about collecting Christmas toys? Everyone has a story, including Nancy.

"When I was young and my son was 2 or 3 years old, I had to go to an organization like this. I am, this is my way of paying back because I know how much it meant to me. So in turn I know how much this means to them."

Getting help from the Christmas Store is based in great part, on income.

You might think kids would always have toys at the top of their Christmas list. Joanie Cecil says it's much more basic.

"The things that break our hearts is when the children ask for pillows and blankets and sheets and socks and underwear. That's just the part that makes you cry."

Christmas is about a month away and these folks expect their list will get longer.