Toy donations are about 60% below what they were last year.
"We’re in a state of crisis actually with our donations and where we need to be."
Captain John Brackenbury with the Sacramento County Salvation Army says one reason may be that they’re competing with other community toy drives.
"They’re all good organizations. I’m not knocking them but there’s a lot out there. There’s some other variables – the economy is down so we’ve seen a larger number of families that are coming to us. Even without the large number of families, we’re still below where we would have been the same time last year."
He says this year they’re serving about 8,000 families, compared with about 5,000 last year. They’ll be distributing toys and food this Friday. You can drop off donations to the Salvation Army at Cal Expo through Tuesday or at various local shopping malls until this Thursday.