CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Toy Lift started on Dec. 2 when it began accepting donations.  Throughout this week, volunteers have been getting items that weren’t originally donated.

The Toy Lift was about 3,000 stuffed animals short last Friday but thanks to the help of the surrounding communities, it was able to pull it off.

On Dec. 9, 10 and 11, the volunteers were getting the gifts ready for the kids. Hundreds of volunteers have been shopping for the kids to make sure they get items from their wish lists.

“So, last week we were out elves because we collected and we built and all that stuff. This weekend we are Santa’s because what we do is we go shopping for the kids and then get all the toys from here to the schools and then from the schools to the kids so on Christmas morning 3,600 and kids plus all have a Christmas,” said Dave Fafara, President of Toy Lift.

A school counselor shared why it was so important for him to be there.

“Last year, we had some kids, they were in my office talking about, ‘Oh I want this race car for Christmas but I don’t know if I’m going to be able to get it.’ When he came back in January they were like, 'Mr. Gamble I got this race car' and they were super excited,” said Tucker Gamble, Scottsville school counselor.

The Toy Lift still has a lot of things to do before the gifts finally reach the child’s arms. It is looking for help. Anyone interested in helping out can learn more by clicking here.