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New warehouse donated to Toys for Tots

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DENVER -- Toys for Tots is a great program, run by Marines, that provides gifts to less fortunate children over the holiday season. This year, the program was in jeopardy when they couldn’t find a new warehouse to hold all of the toys.

First Industrial Realty Trust came through with a Christmas miracle. A 45,000-square-foot warehouse that includes office space was donated rent free.

“We would have been paying thousands of dollars that could be going to toys for kids and now we’re getting it for free thanks to them,” Sgt. Phillip Sena with Toys for Tots said.

The gift was a no brainer for First Industrial, even in a very competitive real estate market.

“Everybody’s reaction was we have to do this, we have to lend them the space for the time needed,” said Renee Taylor with First Industrial Realty Trust.

Toys for Tots gave holiday gifts to 96,000 children in need in the Denver area last year, and it's hoping with the added space and funding, it can exceed last year’s total.

“Last year, we came pretty close to filling up 30,000 square feet and this year we got an extra 15,000. Let’s push for it, let’s do it,” Sena said.

Toys for Tots will only pay for utilities and insurance for the new warehouse location.

There are several locations to drop off Toys for Tots donations.