By Ashley Hinson
LUBBOCK, TX -- Toy donations are beginning to pour in, filling the Toys for Tots warehouse after a slow start due to the recent winter weather.
More than 20,000 toys are sitting in dozens of boxes at the Toys for Tots warehouse at 5001 Marsha Sharp Freeway.
On Monday, the parents of the 4,500 kids signed up for the program will begin picking up their toys.
"We still need a lot to meet the demand for the kids here in Lubbock, but so far it's been a great turnout," said Sgt. Amy Siegfried, Lubbock Toys for Tots Coordinator.
Siegfried said the recent winter storms affected their donations after the Harley Davidson Run and the Christmas Miracle Parade were cancelled. Typically they collect trucks full of toys from both events. Although Siegfried said it was a tough beginning, they're now getting back on track.
"It's kind of been a slow start," said Siegfried. "But everything is starting to come in, now."
Siegfried said it was a shock to see the amount of toys come in.
"Really, it's just a great sign of how committed Lubbock is to help the kids in the community," said Siegfried.
Saturday is the last day to donate a toy or make a monetary donation.
You can drop your toys off at the South Plains Mall or make a donation online at www.toysfortots.org