SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - The intention was to "spread Christmas cheer" and help children in low income homes to have groceries and toys for Christmas, but the demand overwhelmed the supply once the giveaway began on Thursday.
Food Lion donated 400 bags of groceries, and more than 1500 new toys had been collected to be given away along the school system's summer feed routes.
Rowan-Salisbury Schools employees, as well as school board members and volunteers, boarded four "Yum Yum" buses and headed out on Thursday morning. When one of the buses reached Matika Villa, the demand from hundreds of children was overwhelming and the supplies of toys were quickly exhausted.
More than 200 children received gifts at the first location, according to one of the volunteers.
School officials took to Twitter to ask the community to go to the Five Below store and buy toys. Superintendent Dr. Lynn Moody even wrote a personal check for $1000 to buy toys.
The plea evidently was effective, and by 10:10 am the school system had tweeted "we are good for toys!"