SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Thousands of children could walk away empty handed from a holiday party in San Jose Sunday if more toys cannot be collected quickly, organizers said Friday.

An estimated 9,000 kids from low income families are expected at Working Partnership USA’s 25th annual holiday party, which includes a toy giveaway, food and a chance to see Santa in person, said Stacey Hendler Ross, communications director for the South Bay Labor Council.

Unfortunately, organizers have so far only been able to collect toys for around 5,000 kids and time is growing short. While the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots program had committed to providing some toys, Ross said the program is now having its own problems collecting enough toys this year.

In previous years, the annual holiday party has drawn between 5,000 and 7,000 kids, but Ross said there are more needy families this year than ever.

Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be brought to the Santa Clara Valley Labor Center at 2102 Almaden Road Saturday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Organizers have been accepting cash donations as well, but with time growing short to make purchases and set up for the party, actual toys would be preferable at this point, Ross said.

The holiday party is scheduled to take place Sunday at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds on Tully Road from 1 to 6 p.m.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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