By Sharon Stevens
MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. (KSDK) - Running out of Christmas toys for needy children is usually not a problem for the Salvation Army.
But it happened Thursday, and the agency put out an urgent call for help. And they got it, just in the nick of time.
Friday was the last day for the distribution of toys at the Page Avenue location in Maryland Heights.
Salvation Army officials say the need this year is greater than in the past.
The driveway at the Salvation Army's Family Haven location had cars loaded with toys for the needy. They filled the driveway.
Jennifer and Mark Reynolds brought two carloads of toys. Jennifer said they wanted to set a good example for their 18-month-old son.
Inside, the place was packed with those who are donating and those who were there to pick up toys.
Each family received three or four items per child, from infants to teenagers. That includes Patricia Rhodes, who came to get gifts for her 7-year-old son.
Rhodes wanted to give him at least one gift even though she's struggling to make ends meet.
The Salvation Army put out the urgent call for donations and people, as well as businesses responded.
Officials say they can't remember another time when they ran out of toys.
Major Nancy Holloway with the Salvation Army said, "I believe that there are constantly families, families who have never been in this position before, that are experiencing it for the first time, and they are reaching out for assistance."