Central Ore. -- It's been a successful year for the Central Oregon Toys for Tots. Co-coordinator of the nonprofit Susan Wirges says they may have received more monetary donations than ever before. That's partly due to a large donation of $5,000 from Central Oregon Builders Association.
"We have more toys in the warehouse than we ever have," Wirges says. "And we're at the end of our giveaway because at all of our agencies, everything has been processed."
However, it isn't all good news. Wirges says it has been a season of hardship for Central Oregon families in outlying areas, particularly for the families of those who lost their jobs with the Woodgrain Millwork shutdown in Prineville.
"I talked to the coordinator that does the Prineville holiday partnerships," Wirges says. "We supplement them with toys. And they are up in numbers because of that. And it's sad. It's just sad."
The need has also been significant in La Pine, Madras and Burns.
Wirges says that Bend residents donated the lions share of toys this year, and both Bend and Redmond saw less holiday need.