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Toys for Tots extending deadline to meet need

12:49 PM, Dec 15, 2011   |    comments
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Toys for Tots says this season is the worst they've ever seen for donations.

Usually by mid-December, their warehouse is full. As of Friday, they were still 70,000 toys short of what they need to make sure every Colorado kid they serve gets a toy. That number has dropped to 60,000 thanks in part to 9NEWS viewers who answered the call for help.

Every year, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program collects toys for more than 118,000 children around the state and distributes them to kids who would otherwise go without a single present on Christmas Day.

"Out of the whole history of Toys for Tots, this is the grimmest of times. We've never been this far behind. We are about 70,000 toys short this year. I've never seen empty boxes in this warehouse," Sgt. Juan Morales, assistant coordinator of Toys for Tots, said on Friday.

If you would like to help out and ensure no child goes without a present this holiday season, the deadline has been extended from Dec. 16 to Dec. 20.

For a complete list of toy dropoff locations, or to make a cash donation, go to http://www.toysfortots.org/donate/toys-city-county.asp?txtState=Colorado.

You can also make a direct donation at the Toys for Tots warehouse from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The warehouse is at 12650 E. 33rd Avenue in Aurora, Suite 103. If you can't make it during those hours, you can call 303-801-0166 to set up a drop-off time.

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