No Toys For 650 Tots - Local Chapter Needs Help

, Posted: Mon, December 23 2013 at 11:44 PM, Updated: Tue, December 24 2013 at 3:49 PM

Medford Toys for Tots desperately needs toys for kids ages infant to 18,  and they desperately need volunteers, too!
  
 New and unwrapped toys can be dropped off Christmas Eve at the Toys for Tots distribution center at 1296 Antelope Road in White City from 9 to 1pm.
  
Gifts can also be left at the  Medford Shell Gas Station at 3602  N. Pacific Hwy., near Sage and Beall.
  
If you would like to volunteer or need information call 541-944-2362

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The Medford director for Toys for Tots says the parents of about 650 kids didn't show up at the distribution event this past weekend, so he gave their presents to another local charity.
 
But many parents say they didn't know when or where the distribution was, and now they're upset their gifts are gone.
   
Now the Toys for Tots director wants to make things right, and he's pleading to the public to help him.

It's the glitch that stole Christmas. Sarah Townsend of Medford was relying on presents from Toys for Tots to give her seven and 10 year old sons a bright Christmas.  But she says she couldn't find the information on when and where the toys were distributed. Townsend said, "Nobody called to tell me. Nobody emailed me.  The basic steps were taken to get me on it, but after that I was on my own, so we missed it."

Clay Ver Bryck is in charge of the Medford Toys for Tots program.  While  about 1200 to 1500 local kids successfully received toys through the program, others didn't.  Ver Bryck said, "I just thought they put their application in, but didn't take the time to come out."  So Ver Bryck donated what he thought were left over toys to another local charity.

In the two days that followed, the realization of what actually happened set in. Ver Bryck said, "Then the phone calls started coming in from the agencies, from the parents, and I don't have any toys.  It definitely breaks my heart."

While the website posted the time and location of this last Saturday's toy distribution, the information wasn't posted as predominantly as it could have been.

Now Ver Bryck's pleading for help to pull off the Christmas that should have been.  Ver Bryck said, "If we're going to give these children even a belated Christmas,  we need the toys, we need the volunteers to step up and help give the 650 children the Christmas they deserve just as much as anybody else."

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New and unwrapped toys, for kids from infant to 18 years old, can be dropped off Christmas Eve at the Toys for Tots distribution center at 1296 Antelope Road in White City from 9 to 1pm.
  
Gifts can also be left at the  Medford Shell Gas Station at 3602  No. Pacific Hwy., near Sage and Beall.
  
If you would like to volunteer or need information call 541-944-2362

Donation locations:

  • Toys for Tots Distribution Center - 1296 Antelope Road, White City -Until 1pm
  • Medford Shell Gas Station - 3602 N. Pacific Hwy.

Right now they are most in need of toys and items for teenage boys and girls, and they need volunteers to help with a toy distribution on Saturday, Dec. 28th, at 1296 Antelope Road at 8:30am.

If you would like to volunteer or need information call 541-944-2362

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