"Toys For Tots" Donations On Decline, Salvation Army Says - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

12/05/04

"Toys For Tots" Donations On Decline, Salvation Army Says

Sponge Bob Square Pants is the toy Major Shirley Adams like to keep around to help keep her spirits high when the hard work of the Christmas workshop runs her down.

"People don't realize how much work, but it's a lot of work," said Adams.

As is the case every year, the Salvation Army is in charge of making this Christmas a merry one for more than three thousand children in Jackson County.

Sunday, the elves in the workshop are labeling the bags.

Monday, they'll start to fill them.

And just like good ole St Nick, Major Adams checks her list twice to make sure no one is left out.

Adams say, as usual, bicycles are one of the more popular items this year.

However, she says bicycle donations are on the decline this year.

"Usually we'll have about six or seven hundred people asking for bikes," said Adams.

This year Major Adams says they only have 250 bikes to give out.

It's not just bikes, Adams say toy donations overall have declined this year.

"My back room was filled to the ceiling with toys last year. This year it's like empty," said Adams.

"If I end up without enough toys, I have to go to Wal-Mart and buy some," she added.

Despite the decline in donations, Adams says she and her elves will do whatever it takes to make sure each and every boy and girl has something to open up on Christmas.

By Jaimee Goad

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