Salvation Army toy donations falling short this season

Most of the toy gift bags are still flat and empty at the Fredericksburg Salvation Army. Photo: WJLA

It's the season of giving, but one Virginia town is having a difficult time providing for those in need.

The Fredericksburg Salvation Army's deadline for toy donations is Friday, and the group is well below what they normally have this time of year.

The Fredericksburg warehouse should be a holiday toyland by now, filled with gifts, but not so this year.

Salvation Army Captain Jamie Satterlee is anxious because every black bag and corresponding number marks a spot where a gift should be for a needy child, elderly or disabled person.

Row after row, there are bags waiting to be filled - 1,251 to be exact - out of 1,963.

Holiday cheer has been replaced with worry.

The long aisles just represent the Fredericksburg area, but the Salvation Army says its representative of need they are seeing across the D.C. metro area

Jackie Thompson took not one one but two tags off the angel tree at Spotsylvania Town Center.

The Salvation Army says no child will walk away empty handed

If necessary, they'll give one toy to a child, not the usual two or three.

What they ultimately would like to see is a bare angel tree and a full warehouse.