Last Minute Donation Extends Toys-For-Tots - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Last Minute Donation Extends Toys-For-Tots

SPOKANE, Wash. – Just hours before Toys-For-Tots was scheduled to stop taking applications for free toys this holiday season, an anonymous donation extended the program for potentially hundreds of families.

"We're not even sure what kind of toys were getting yet," said Adam Ruiz, a gunnery sergeant with the United States Marine Corp.

They toys are scheduled to arrive in Spokane around 10 a.m. on Thursday.  Marines were scheduled to stop taking calls for toys on Wednesday at noon but said the donation will extend the program.

Depending on the nature of the toys and for which age group they are most appropriate, Marines will take calls from parents needing free toys for their children.

Ruiz said the demand for toys increased this year and donations were down, perhaps because of the economy.

"We've seen someone from as far away as Moses Lake," he said.

For more information on how to apply for toys, click here:  http://www.khq.com/Global/story.asp?S=5713696

KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes contributed to this story.

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