Toys for Tots struggling to meet the need this Christmas

By David Whisenant - bio l email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - It's just nine days till Christmas, and Toys for Tots is still in trouble.

The Marines told us today the program is short 40-thousand toys.

Last night, Duke Energy delivered 250 bikes to Toys for Tots, but it won't be enough to meet the needs in the Charlotte community.

Alan Burke is a CPA in Salisbury. This year his staff decided that instead of having an office Christmas Party, they would hold a Toys for Tots event this Friday at 2.

"It's all about bringing toys, raising money, helping the children," Burke told WBTV.

Alan is getting some of his NASCAR clients like Jamie McMurray, Scott Riggs, Joe Nemechek and Jeff Green to name a few, to drop by and sign autographs, and others are donating items to be auctioned to buy toys.

"The price of admission is bring a toy or make a cash contribution to Toys for Tots and that gets you in the door," Burke added.

Buying toys to donate is really pretty cheap. At stores like Magic Mart in Salisbury you can find cools toys for $5, and even less.

Chris Hendley know all about it. His family donates to Toys for Tots and other programs to help the needy.  His faith is his inspiration.

"You're going after the needs of others and this is the time of the year you think of that, you think of others needs above your own," said Hendley.

Maybe it's the economy, maybe people are just waiting longer, but if more people do think of others in the last shopping days before Christmas, more children can look forward to seeing at least a little something under the tree.

If you would like to donate a new, unwrapped toy, look under the Toys for Tots logo on this web site to find out about upcoming events, including the Friday NASCAR themed event in Salisbury.