Denver-area Toys for Tots only able to fill 10 percent of requests

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DENVER — Toys for Tots, the annual toy drive by the the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, has come up short in donations this year.

The organization is facing the sad fact it might not have enough toys to fulfill all its requests.

Only 10,000 toys have been distributed so far, far fewer than the 100,000 requests that have been received by the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

Last year, a new space was acquired for the organization to move into because it had been overflowing with donations. In 2014, nearly 90,000 toys were distributed to children in the Denver area.

There were 5,000 toys that were received by Oct. 31 last year. This year, the organization didn’t hit that number until December.

But with only 3,000 toys left in its inventory, the organization said it can’t take every request and will be filling orders on a priority basis.

That means homeless shelters, food banks, low-income families, housing projects and schools in that order.

The organization has sent emails to more than 300 nonprofits and schools telling them to start looking for other donors.

Donations can be made at the warehouse at 3410 Brighton Blvd. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Online donations can also be made.

All donations need to be received by Dec. 22 for them to be distributed by Christmas.

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