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Holiday countdown: Miracle on 31st Street needs more toy donations

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Posted at 10:49 PM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-22 01:17:36-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — We're less than a week away from the Miracle of 31st street toy give-away, 20,000 toys are needed for 10,000 kids.

So KGUN9 checked in with the founder Ramon Gonzalez on his progress.

Ramon Gonzales stood by as a Costco crew loads lots of candy on the back of his truck.

Meaning lots of sweet stuff, 12,000 pounds of candy bought with donations from the Pasqua Yaqui Tribe and the community.

The crew also hauls 800 pounds of salted peanuts plus boxes of cups for sodas to be served to the thousands of kids.

Ramon Gonzales said "So we have to hurry up and start packing those candies. We're going to be packing probably about 5,000 to 6,000 bags of candies with that."

Roman then transports it all to his home where he takes in and stores the donated toys.

Someone just dropped off four bikes that he says he desperately needs.

But he says he still doesn't have enough.

The rooms are his gauge.

Ramon said "This whole thing should be full by now. Still need a lot of them. Even the ones right there they are not even high enough if we can fill all these rooms then we have enough."

Because the kids will come ready or not to receive a toy or two from Santa.

The Miracle on 31st Street toy distribution is on December 21st at the Ava Amphitheatre.

Ramon is still accepting donations, and you can drop off new unwrapped toys with Ramon Gonzalez at 2019 W Ajo Way Tucson AZ 85713 - or by calling Ramon at (520) 971-8271.