Santa's Helpers appeals for donations as holiday nears

Santa's Helpers

Credit: WFAA

The Santa's Helpers toy warehouse is nearly empty with Christmas less than two weeks away.

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by TINA FOSTER

WFAA

Posted on December 13, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 20 at 6:02 PM

DALLAS — Our final Santa's Helpers drive-thru of the season is Wednesday night at our Victory Park studios in downtown Dallas, and we need your help.

Fewer toys have been donated so far this year, and that means some less fortunate children might not get a gift for Christmas.

Teresa Berg at Sharing Life Community Outreach knows how important Santa's Helpers can be. "Just their despair and their hopeless feeling at waking up and having nothing," she said.

The need grows every year. Santa's Helpers spokesman Jef Tingley surveyed a nearly empty toy warehouse. "With all that is going on in the economy, each year we see a greater and greater need for Santa's Helpers," he said.  "We've had people that last year were giving toys and this year they need to be recipients."

The WFAA Santa's Helpers toy drive hopes to collect enough toys for 50,000 North Texas children in need. Some toys have already been picked up by social service agencies.

But more toys are needed.

The final drive-thru of the toy drive is at Victory Plaza from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. If you can't stop by in person, you can donate online or drop off a toy at one of dozens of collection boxes across North Texas.1

"We take all those monies and we are able to buy toys with those," Tingley said. "We can make more and more with all those monies that are given online."

It's a simple donation to many, but one that can change a child's life.

"If we are unable to meet that toy need, then they are unable to serve their clients, and there may be children who don't have anything under their tree for Christmas," Tingley said.

E-mail tfoster@wfaa.com

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