KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and Overland Park Convention Center (OPCC) report a shortage of more than 20,000 toys across the Kansas City area.
There are an estimated 56,000 children up to age 16 in need of toys in the area this holiday season according to the OPCC.
"That’s 20,000 kids who won’t get a Christmas if we’re not able to produce,” Marine and local Toys for Tots campaign coordinator SSgt. Warren Ory said. “We are looking to the community for help. If you could find it in your hearts to donate, we are really in need for ages 0-2 and 11 plus.”
Last year, the organization served more than 34,000 children in the area. The OPCC said the need for toys has increased this December.
The organization is accepting unwrapped toys for donation Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., through Dec. 16 at the OPCC.
“As the holidays approach, we look forward to playing an active role in supporting the children not only in our local community, but the entire metropolitan region," general manager of the OPCC Brett C. Mitchell said. "We hope to see any community members who are able to participate, join us in collecting toys this year.”