Local 'Santa' Donates $200,000 To Toys For Tots 12-15-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Local 'Santa' Donates $200,000 To Toys For Tots 12-15-2010

Thanks to the generosity of an unnamed hometown hero, Toys for Tots said on Wednesday that it will distribute gifts to pre-selected families who are financially unable to provide toys for their children this holiday season.
To help meet the overwhelming need in the community, the organization said a Secret Santa has generously donated $100,000 to ensure that children in Flint and the surrounding areas wake up on Christmas morning to find toys beneath the tree.
Toys for Tots representatives said they have put the funds to good use by purchasing truckloads of playthings from local Toys R Us stores.
An additional $100,000 will be provided to Toys for Tots programs in Bay City, Saginaw, Grand Rapids and Detroit.
The group said Toys R Us, Inc. has enlisted its Flint store associates to serve as Santa’s helpers and pull off this massive toy purchase.
With a 13.7 percent unemployment rate in Flint -- one of the highest in the country -- Toys for Tots said it has seen a 33 percent increase in requests for toys from struggling families.
Unfortunately, the increase in needs for toys is met with a decline in toy donations, as 24 percent of families who once donated to Toys for Tots no longer have the resources to do so.
The donation comes on the heels of the announcement by a local branch of the Salvation Army that said it would not be able to meet its goal for the first time in its fundraising history.
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