Donations of toys and food jumped on Wednesday, but not enough for The Salvation Army to provide Christmas presents for all of the 1,600 needy Jackson County families on its list.
"We definitely need more toys," said Jackie Agee, development director for The Salvation Army.
On Wednesday morning, her organization sent out a plea for more donations of toys. The Salvation Army, which has volunteers boxing up toys for families, purchased $2,500 worth of toys in the morning because it feared running out.
In the afternoon, Toys for Tots provided a truckload of toys.
After the toys were counted, Agee said it appeared they still needed toys for 600 families.
Agee said her organization still could use donations of money as well as toys.
"Monetary donations would be nice to help offset the cost of the toys this morning," she said.
Toy drives continue at Fred Meyer, and Agee expects more toys will be dropped off at The Salvation Army leading up to Christmas.
Toys can be dropped off at The Salvation Army office at 304 Beatty St., Medford, or at the organization's thrift store at 922 N. Central Ave. In addition, toys can be brought to The Salvation Army's distribution center at 226 N. Ross Lane until 8 p.m. today.
Any toys not passed out by The Salvation Army will be handed out by sheriff's deputies and local police as part of their own programs.
Food boxes and toys will be given to registered families Dec. 19-21 at The Salvation Army's distribution center, 226 N. Ross Lane.
This has been the biggest year on record for the Salvation Army in terms of families needing help, surpassing 2010's 1,200 families and the 950 families who signed up in 2009.
The Salvation Army already has seen a 35 percent increase in requests for help from its food pantry this year.
To make a monetary donation to The Salvation Army, mail a check to P.O. Box 757, Medford, OR, 97501, or drop it off at the office at 304 Beatty St.
For more information, call 541-773-6965.
Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.