Last minute donations needed to reach this year's Toys for Tots goal
The Toys for Tots drive ends in two days. Which means it's all hands on deck for local coordinator staff sergeant Shawn Robinson.
“It's going to be pretty hectic the last couple days. We're out there picking up boxes from all of the different toy drive locations,” Robinson said.
Every year, KIMA partners up with the Marine Corp Reserve to make sure family's in need have a present or two under the tree for Christmas.
Last year, Toys for Tots delivered over 13,000 toys to around 1,600 families.
Robinson said the number of toys they've collected so far is way lower than last year’s total.
But he said thousands of toys usually come in during the final days.
“We're sitting at around 2,000 toys and looking at what we have here we're going to be well, well above multiple toys per kid. So that's going to be amazing for them,” Robinson said.
The Salvation Army said around 800 families, with 2,500 kids, signed up this year. This is about half the number of children who will be getting toys compared to last year.
“Our hope is that we would be able to provide each child with two to three bigger toys and then stocking-stuffers, so if you do the math on that, that is a lot of toys,” Rebecca Helms with the Salvation Army said.
The math to accomplish that goal would equal to around 5,000 toys at least.
Robinson said they're on track with just over 2,000 but they're going to need a lot more help from anyone willing to donate.
“It's literally what kids look forward to every year and to be able to make that happen for them, it's an amazing feeling,” he said.
Robinson said Wednesday will be the last day they'll be collecting for Toys for Tots this year.
He said any leftover gifts or ones that are donated late will be held until next year's drive.