"There's probably 20 different factors," Barrett said. "Different situations, political views, job status, whatever it may be."
Wednesday is the last day people can drop off toys at the warehouse at 1280 Field Parkway in Marietta, Barrett said. He and eight other staffers are still counting and distributing the donations. Barrett, who worked 15 hours on Monday, and the others haven't had a day off since Nov. 29.
There have been bright spots. Barrett said each of the 20 cars he helped unload came with not just one or two toys but with at least five or six bags of them.
“People probably spent a couple hundred dollars on toys,” he said. “Last year we didn’t have that. It just blew me away.”
And, as Barrett was on the telephone, a Publix truck full of toys pulled up to the Marietta warehouse. He estimated between 25,000 and 30,000 were in that delivery.
Now, they just have to be counted and distributed.
"When the toys are gone, we get to go home," Barrett said.