Toys R Us closure hits Toys for Tots hard
HIALEAH, Fla. (AP) - When Toys R Us closed, Toys for Tots felt the loss.
The toy giant accounted for more than 250,000 toys donated by consumers last year and $5 million in corporate contributions. Toys R Us shuttered its stores in June after filing for bankruptcy last year.
It left some big holes for the Marine Corps community effort to fill. The 800 stores usually had boxes where customers could toss a toy on their way out and they also took monetary donations.
From Florida to Spokane, Washington, several Toys for Tots campaigns say the closures hurt. In Atlanta, the drive had a recent shortfall of more than a quarter million toys. In Orlando, donations were down 25 percent.
In Bakersfield, California, the local group reported being 10,000 toys down earlier this month.