GLENDALE — Local nonprofits and firehouses have been struggling to gather enough toys from financially strapped donors for hundreds of low-income children this holiday season.
With more families seeking out free services this year due to financial constraints, local community toy drives and nonprofit organizations are feeling the pressure to fulfill their needs, and this Christmas, their wish lists.
Community leaders said demands for goods have increased, but donations haven’t matched that need.
“I am concerned we won’t have enough to fulfill everyone’s request,” said Tanya Gregorian, Glendale Fire’s public education coordinator.
After Thanksgiving, the Glendale Fire Department started collecting new and unwrapped toys for the “Spark of Love” toy campaign, which partners Southland firefighters with the TV station ABC7. Firefighters distribute the toys to nonprofit organizations and schools in their communities.