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Tots Not Getting As Many Toys This Year

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By Sabri Ben-Achour

In Maryland, Prince George's County Police are trying to collect as many gifts as possible for the nearly 9,000 families relying on the Toys for Tots program this year, but they're running a bit short so far.

Stuffed animals are piled 7 feet tall basketballs and skateboards fill giant bins at the Prince George's County police headquarters, and corporal Nathan Rogers is darting from pile to pile, filling black plastic bags destined for children in the area.

"Uh let's see I got some Buzz Light Year toys, I got some blocks, some stuff that's gonna drive their parents crazy," says Debbie McCombs, a retired police officer. She directs the several dozen volunteers here.

"As you all heard, we're in a kind of a real real shortage of toys this year, so we've really had to cut back--we're gonna go two toys per child," says McCombs.

McCombs blames the economy, and says high demand this year forced them to shut down their sign up list for families two weeks early.

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