"We have not experienced a Christmas like this before in recent history."
Captain John Brackenbury with the Salvation Army in Sacramento says they especially need toys for older kids – between the ages of 10 and 14. Brackenbury says it’s so bad Salvation Army staff plan to spend 20-thousand dollars buying toys at a local Wal-Mart Friday.
"We’ve had to halt production of toy bags for those families because there’s just nothing in the bins for them and if we keep going at the rate we’re going we’re just not going to be able to meet that need so that’s why we’re going out and doing the shopping."
Brackenbury says their goal is to provide toys for 15,000 children in Sacramento.
They’ll be distributing the toys late next week….so they’re still hoping to get donations of new board games, sports equipment, stuffed animals, hand-held electronic games and other toys.