Ann Marie McCawley from Catholic Social Services has been sick. More than 2,000 children depend on gifts from her agency, provided by the Toys for Tots program. After weeks of calling the marines, she had heard nothing. “I can't tell you what my stomach feels like. I really can't,” McCawley tells the I-Team.
McCawley is in a real fix. 2,000 children and not enough presents. She says the marines in Wyoming, who oversee the county's Toys for Tots program, at first, wrote her off, and questioned if Catholic Social Services was even a non-profit.
This is McCawley's 24th year doing this, and the first time this has happened. “You know, I don't want to put blame on anybody, I just think they're very, you know, haven't gotten it organized this year as well as they have in the past,” she says..
The I-Team first contacted the marines in Wyoming Tuesday night. They dismissed our questions about a decrease in the popular donation boxes.
In a follow-up phone call on Wednesday, a marine sergeant said they're working to meet demands and was surprised that we were receiving complaints.
But McCawley says she's been calling the marines for weeks and had not heard as much as a word. Right now, there are about 1,000 toys to go around. “We really do need a lot more toys because as I said, we have 2,038 children that we're giving toys to and it's a big responsibility on my part and I just hope that we're able to give the child at least one toy,” she says.
If you’d like to help Catholic Social Services you can drop off toys at 39 Jackson Street in Wilkes-Barre.