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Toys for Tots in Cd'A Wants More To Sign Up

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Toys for Tots in Spokane has seen a record number of applicants this year, and they have desperately been pleading for the public's help in donating toys. Meanwhile Toys for Tots in Kootenai County is having the opposite problem.

The generosity from the Kootenai County community this holiday season is evident by all the toys piled up on the tables inside the Toys for Tots warehouse in Coeur d'Alene.

"We are very fortunate because of this community," said Mike Milligan, Toys for Tots coordinator.

They have enough toys that they are asking for more people to sign up. Last year 1100 applicants received donated toys, but so far this year only about 950 have applied. They are encouraging anyone that has recently been laid off, is on public assistance, or could just use a little extra help this Christmas to come in and apply.

"We want to make sure that we can get toys to every child that needs it. That's our goal is to make those children happy to give a Christmas to them and have something to open under the Christmas tree," said Milligan.

Toys for Tots coordinator Mike Milligan says the reason they might be in a better situation than in Spokane is because demand has remained relatively stable, while the community has become even more generous.

"Because of their generosity, we're going to make a lot of children happy this year," said Milligan.

It might seem if there are so many extra toys in Kootenai County it would be easy for them to just donate some of them to Spokane, but Milligan says its not that simple because they will rely on the extra toys from this year to kick-start their program next season.

"If we were to give up a lot of toys we would be dead in the water at the beginning of next year," said Milligan 

Anyone needing help this Christmas that lives in Kootenai County has until can sign up at the Toys for Tots office located at 2129 Main St in Riverstone Village. They are open until Monday from 10:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m.

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