The Washington, D.C. area branch of the Salvation Army says they're short about a thousand gifts for local children this holiday season.
"When mom and dad are not able to get something for them, the children understand and they see it, but when they come downstairs on Christmas morning and they see a gift under the tree, it's extra special for them," says Maj. Lewis Reckline, with the organization.
Reckline says the shortage comes because there's been an increase in demand for assistance this year.
"You know, the economy's affecting folks, and so it affects their income," he says. "And you know, when you have something extra like Christmas or time to buy clothes for your kids to go to school or something, then they struggle to be able to do that."
The Salvation Army says it's too late to buy a gift for a specific child in need, but they're having toy drives, and will accept gifts at their various locations in the region.