Santa Claus might not be visiting thousands of Chicago's poorest children this Christmas.
The Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program has gotten significantly fewer donated toys this year -- 220,000 as of Wednesday, compared with more than 486,000 toys in 2007. As a result, schools and other groups are being told not to expect a toy-drop from Toys for Tots this Christmas, unless a burst of last-minute generosity turns things around.
"We are definitely low on toys," said Marine Sgt. Carlos Rivas, who's coordinating Chicago's Toys for Tots campaign. "We depend on the generosity of the public. And with the economy being low, we can't do much about it."