, a holiday program conducted by the United States Marine Corps since 1947, is facing a shortage in Wake and 17 surrounding counties.
The number of toys collected is less than 50 percent of the toys needed. To reach its goal of collecting 80,000 toys for more than 25,000 needy children, the Corps needs the public's assistance with toy donations from now until noon on Monday, Dec. 22.
Marines will be working Saturday and Sunday to collect toys, cash, or checks for toys.
Volunteers from the Marines Corps, the Marine Corps League, North Carolina State University Naval ROTC, and parents of the Capital City Young Marines will be manning trucks, cars and vans to collect toys, cash, or checks for toys, in the following shopping center parking lots Saturday from noon until 4 p.m.:
In addition, toy drop boxes are located in all Eckerds, Walmart and K Mart stores in Wake and Johnston County, and most Wake County fire stations. Dropoff toys through noon on Monday.
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