The demand for toys for children in need in Wichita has spiked this Christmas — so much so that Toys for Tots is able to give kids only one toy each instead of the two they received last year, and the Salvation Army is reporting "a huge deficit" in the toys it needs.
"The donations are good, it's just that our need has doubled this year, and that has caused quite a problem," Marine Staff Sgt. Nathanael Ruble, coordinator for Toys for Tots in Wichita, said Wednesday as he used cash donations to buy more toys — specifically, items for girls age 6 and older.
The Salvation Army is reporting a 30 percent increase in the demand for toys, and Catholic Charities is asking for more toys this week as well.
"This year we're having difficulty in getting toys donated," said Brenda Keeler of the Catholic Charities Christmas Sharing program, which will distribute them Friday and Saturday.
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