Even though I finished shopping for my kids’ toys several weeks ago, I’m heading back out to Target this morning to pick up some toys for the Toys for Tots program.
WSB reported on Friday that the Toys for Tots charity is about 675,000 toys short this year!!
The Marines who run the program had requests for more than 900,000 toys but as of Friday only had about 225,000. (I assume this number is national. They didn’t specify in the report.)
Obviously due to the bad economy more families are in need and also due to the bad economy fewer families are donating.
I wanted to encourage all our readers, if you can, to donate just one new toy to Toys for Tots. There are lots of places to drop off and you can even buy the toy there. Publix and Toys ‘R’ Us stores are drop-off locations and you buy the toy inside. (It couldn’t be any easier.) You don’t have to wrap it or anything. There are tons of other local businesses that are accepting donations too. You can check the map here.
It’s too heartbreaking to think of 600,000 children waking up with no toys under their trees! (Why didn’t Santa Claus bring us any toys? They won’t understand why they have been “forgotten!”)
(I’ll probably post a second topic around noon but I just wanted to get the word out about this need!)