Salvation Army toy drive needs more fuel to reach its goal

Pascagoula,MS (WLOX) - New bikes, Barbie dolls , and board games filled the Arts and Craft building at the Jackson County Fairgrounds. Soon the cool toys and gadgets will be packed up and sent to needy families for Christmas, but Salvation Army Director Captain Andy Collette says it's not enough.

"The need is so much higher than it has ever been and the gifts are coming," Collette said.

Collette's right, last year the organization handed out gifts to 750 families. He says this year's economic slowdown has caused that number to jump significantly.

"We still have 150 families, which is probably three hundred  or four hundred  more children we need to make sure we have toys for, and that is what we are concerned about."

His concern has prompted the organization to extend the toy drive date a little longer so more people will dig a little deeper into their pockets for underprivileged kids.

"Children don't cause an economic crisis, children don't cause the problems we are in today."

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department heard about the shortage and donated fifteen brand new rides.

"I am sure their eyeballs are going to get big when they see them; just to see the smile on the children's faces makes it all worth while," Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd said.

Hopefully more less fortunate children will have a present waiting for them under the tree.