A miscommunication left the Salvation Army’s Tonawanda Corps empty-handed Tuesday when it went to pick up toys for needy families from one of its suppliers, said Maj. Celestin NkouNkou, commanding officer of the corps, which serves the cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda, Grand Island and Amherst.
All the toys had been given out to other agencies, he said.
“We ended up with no toys,” he said. “We came back with an empty truck.”
Though the corps has some donations on-hand, NkouNkou said it does not have enough to meet demand at its distribution this weekend and is especially in need of toys for children age 10, 11 and 12.
Donations may be taken to the corps’ home on Broad Street in Tonawanda until Friday. The Salvation Army is among the groups served by The News Neediest Fund, which will still accept donations by mail at P.O. Box 2667, Buffalo, NY 14240-9873, or online at buffalonews.com/newsneediest.