Tis the season to help those less fortunate. But this year a Fairfax County toy drive is taking on a different feel.
That's because some families in need aren't looking for toys this year, they're looking for some much more important things.
They start collecting in July, and the basement of this fire station looks like a toy store. But this year you might be surprised at what's at the top of Santa's list.
Fire station 11 in Alexandria is full of dolls, remote control vehicles, sports gear and other toys, thousands of them. But parents are saying they need help with necessities this year.
Already 1,500 brand new children's coats have been given out and they need more
sot; 14;39 a lot of kids don't go to school cuz they don't have coats...
And the parents need food.
When Cpt. Willie Bailey started his toy drive 13 years ago, he had 50 needy children to buy for. This year it's nearly 4,000 children.
And school administrators are calling for help. They're already out of toys.
Over the years, the local bars and restaurants have donated thousands of bicycles - and that goes a long ways. But this year, parents might appreciate more. A warm coat, and meal.