After news broke last week that Toys for Tots didn't receive some local requests
, leaving about 2,000 kids without toys, blogger Lindsay Patross of iheartpgh.com and Nina Sauer of Most Wanted Fine Art pulled together to compensate for the mix-up. They are still asking for volunteers to work today and to sort and deliver toys as well as feed the volunteers.
"We have a big order for 500 kids that we are trying to process today and then also deliver the packages," says Nina Sauer, owner of Most Wanted Fine Art
on Penn Avenue, the main drop-off location for donations to the emergency toy drive.
She says as of right now, ten volunteers are working, but that more are needed at the Garfield location today from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. today. (Note: MWFA is located on a closed portion of Penn Avenue, but the gallery is still open.) Additionally, the Most Wanted Fine Art location at the Waterfront will also be open to accept toy donations from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Volunteers to drive between the two locations at the end of the day are needed in addition to volunteers who are needed to sort and distribute.
The biggest need right is for toys for more than 300 children ages 6-12.
"What ends up happening is a lot of people are going to buy for little kids," Sauer says. "So, if people want to think about an age-range to buy for, 6-12 would be the most needed age range."
Gift bags and boxes are also needed as well as hats, gloves, scarves, socks and hand warmers for homeless youth and coffee and snacks for the volunteers.
"If people don't have money are looking for ways to contribute, we need boxes. We're asking people to ask retailers if they can donate boxes or food," Sauer says. "We're also taking gloves, hats and handwarmers for homeless youth. In addition to toys, we're trying to get these items that people need all winter long."
The drive, which just began on Friday, has raised more than $10,000 and received more than 4,000 donated toys.
More information can be found at iheartpgh.com
. Volunteers are also using the hashtag #PGHSavesXmas on Twitter.
Full text of the Toys for Tots statement on the issue can be found here
Addresses of locations:
Most Wanted Fine Art in Garfield
: 5015 Penn Ave.
Most Wanted Fine Art at the Waterfront
: 210 West Bridge St. across from Panera Bread and beside Famous Footwear