Charities Report Severe Gift Shortage for This Year's Toy Drives

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, December 18, 2009

By: Ben Adler and Steffi Broski

David Bentley is the Salvation Army’s coordinator for Sacramento County. He says their original goal was 18,000 donated toys, but that’s been cut in half.


Bentley: “We were hoping that this last week would be a last-ditch effort to get the necessary toys in order to do two toys per child, but it’s just not there.”

Joany Titherington knows what Bentley is talking about. She’s the president of the Oak Park Neighborhood Association. Titherington says at the current rate of donations, they’ll be short hundreds of gifts. And since they’ll be passing out gifts on a first-come, first-serve basis …

Titherington: “Sadly, we’ll have to turn those children that we won’t have presents for away. So they won’t be waiting in line for hours to come to find out that all the toys are gone.”

Both organizations are still accepting donations today.

Note: The Salvation Army is currently an underwriter of Capital Public Radio programming.