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Toys For Tots Groups Struggle to Meet Donation Goals

Just a week before collection deadlines hit, Washington County Toys for Tots says they only have half the amount of toys compared to last year.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - The Washington County Toys For Tots distribution center says they have about 13,500 toys ready to be handed out to kids and their families in time for Christmas. But they say that is nothing compared to previous years.

They had 27,000 toys this time last year. And that is why Toys For Tots groups all across the Four-State region are asking the public for help to bring in more donations before the collection deadline.

Just a week before collection deadlines hit, Washington County Toys For Tots says they only have half the amount of toys compared to last year. They need more families to sign up to receive the toys too.

"We have about 500 families signed up which is approximately about 1,500 children,” said Jim Mills of Washington County Toys For Tots. “Last year we helped out 3,200 children. We know there are more families out there that need help."

They say this year has been a struggle for several reasons.

"The weather's probably a big cause of this, and we know the economy has an effect on it as well," said Mills.

But it is not just Washington County that is low on their goals. Ernie's Salvage Yard in Martinsburg is a toy collection center, but they say they have only received a handful of donations so far.

"You know, why not do it?” said Steve Stern of Ernie’s Salvage Yard. “We have a lot of people that come through here so we figured it'd be a good idea to have a box for them."

Ernie's Salvage Yard is offering anyone who donates a new toy this Friday or next Wednesday an additional 10 percent added to any scrap sale.

"We did the Toys For Tots program because we want to give back to the community and make sure that the kids have smiles on their faces for Christmas," said Chris Frick of Ernie’s Salvage Yard.

To volunteer for Toys For Tots, find drop-off locations or sign up to receive toys, click here


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