A toy crisis in Chico and around the Northstate could see some needy families with much less under the Christmas tree this year.
With the deadline set for Tuesday to donate new and unwrapped toys and gifts to the Salvation Army, they are way behind the number of donations they normally see.
This year the Salvation Army in Chico expects to serve some 1,200 children with gifts but as of Monday they only have about half that total.
Salvation Army envoy Tawnya Stumpf says the majority of the lack of donations can be attributed to the close proximity of Thanksgiving to Christmas.
"Normally we have six weeks that we can gather toys and food during this time," Stumpf says, "but Thanksgiving happened a little later this year so we're losing about two, two-and-a-half weeks. So we need people to come in, bring toys, to fill up our baskets, to fill up under a tree for these children."
Stumpf also says that they are not the only Salvation Army behind on donations; Redding, Red Bluff, Paradise and Oroville are all also desperate for more.
If you would like to donate new and unwrapped toys and gifts in Chico, you can do so at their store downtown on 7th Street and Broadway or at their headquarters and warehouse on Browns Valley Drive near the airport.