25,000 toys donated to Toys for Tots by local store

8:48 PM, Dec 17, 2011   |    comments
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They saw a headline that read "Toys for Tots short 70,000 toys." It just so happened, Kidrobot, which makes designer toys, had 25,000 toys sitting in a warehouse from last year's designs they needed to do something with.

It took a lot of last minute scrambling, and the generosity of the shipping company Land Air Express which donated the shipping for free, to get the 25,000 toys - 11 pallets and 5,000 pounds worth - to Denver from San Francisco in three days.

"We weren't even sure until this morning that it would all get here in time but luckily it did and hopefully we make a lot of kids happy," Abe Russell, vendor logistics manager for Kidrobot, said.

Sgt. Victor Escobar, the coordinator for the Toys for Tots Program, says while they're still in need, the donation made a huge difference.

"My reaction is one of a sigh of relief," Escobar said. "We've been hurting. We're backed up. We got a lot of organizations we're trying to help out. Our need was immense."

Toys for Tots is still short about 40,000 toys.

You can donate - through Dec. 20 - at the Toys for Tots warehouse in Aurora, at 12650 E. 33rd Ave., Aurora, Suite 103. You can also donate at Walmarts, Toys 'R' Us, Babies 'R' Us, and Bass Pro Shops in the metro area. They particularly need toys for infants to age 4, and for kids aged 10 to 12.

To find a location to donate, visit: http://www.toysfortots.org/donate/toys-city-county.asp?txtState=Colorado.

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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