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3 On Your Side: "Toys For Tots" reports donation shortage

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By David Kenney - bio | email

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - "Toys For Tots" in Jackson has announced a great shortage in toy donations for 2010.

Their donations boxes around Jackson have lower donations than expected and needed.

"We received three thousand 329 toys, we have to count each one of em. We need over 30 thousand to fill the requests we received so far," said First Sergeant Seth Miller, United States Marine Corps.

"Toys For Tots" organizers say they believe the economy is mostly to blame for the dilemma.

They have received more requests for assistance than ever before.

"The need is greater than ever before, we seem to say that a lot, it's actually true, what I don't think people realize it's not the chronically poor it's not the working poor were really seeing this year, it's middle class families," says Marika Cackett.

Ideally toys for tots would like to give each child three toys.

The toys will be handed out a week from Saturday, which means there needs to be a last minute flood of donations to reach the goal.

Toys can be dropped off at any of their box locations in the Jackson metro, which are all listed on their web site, www.toysfortots.org

There are also instructions on how to send in money.

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