Some local charities are pleading for donations as demand from needy families far exceeds the number of toys available for children this Christmas.
Toys for Tots is nearly 50,000 toys short of being able to meet all the requests. Many local organizations get their toys from the nonprofit, which processes requests on a first-come-first-served basis.
There are signs that the economy is improving, but many area residents are still struggling. About 17,000 more requests for toys were received in 2013 than in 2012.
"Not only are the toy donations down, but the monetary donations are down," said Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jerrod Lantz.
This means some disappointed children could wake up Christmas morning to no toys.
Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph is scrambling to meet its demand. The nonprofit is in the middle of the requests to Toys for Tots and is about 400 toys short. The toy shop where parents can pick out items for their children opens Friday.
"Toys for Tots are a great partner of ours," said Pam Klein, a volunteer who helps out with the Catholic Charities' toy shop. "We were notified yesterday we won't receive the toys in time for the toy shop."
Klein and others said they are confident that Kansas City area will meet the challenge.
Toys for Tots has picked up all its donation boxes. You can drop off toys at their warehouse at 3805 E. 155th St. in Kansas City, MO, or click here to make a money donation.
Toys can be dropped off at the Catholic Charities office at 20 W. 9th Street in KCMO starting at 8:30 a.m. Friday.
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