Toys for Tots short on toys

Fresno, CA, USA The fear is thousands of needy children won't get a single Christmas gift this year. These marines are on a mission to fill this warehouse with toys. But the emptiness, this close to Christmas, Is disheartening

"Last year this whole thing would've been filled, the entire warehouse," Said Sgt. Jeremiah Noble, USMC said, "if I were to stop the campaign right now, and hand out the toys to all the organizations, they would all get about 7% of what they're asking for."

The Marine Corps received orders for 160,000. They've collected about 12,000 so far, not even close to meeting this year's need.

"Everything is down this year. We understand, we know, it just hurts us, because we know people can't give as much but more people need as well," Noble added.

Linda Dippel with United Way coordinates the hundreds of applications that come in from non-profit groups all over the Valley. The groups represent the thousands of children that rely on the generosity of the Valley every Christmas. Dippel said, "It's very, very important for every child to have that little bit of Christmas hope and spirit that they can live with for the rest of the year."

The Toys for Tots marathon weekend kicks off next Friday. You can help by bringing by a new, unwrapped toy for a child in need. If you don't have the time to shop, cash is even better!

The Marine Corps does all of the purchasing of the toys, for every dollar you give, they can more than double that dollar. Every dollar that's from a business, Pelco has promised to match.

Organizers are confident the Valley will definitely deliver. "We're going to pray and hope and beg and plead, please help us out this year."


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