The Associated Press reports that supply chain issues are threatening to spoil the holiday as Toy Drive and other children’s charities struggle to find toys and supplies for all the kids on their list to receive a Merry Christmas .

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With just weeks until Christmas, organizations such as Toys for Tots, Family Giving Tree, Operation Christmas Child and others are having a hard time finding enough toys, toiletries and other gifts for children in need around the world.

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Supply chain issues related to COVID have limited the number of items in the US as ports closed, a lack of workers to move cargo, and rising shipping costs led to empty store shelves and increased prices on many products Is.

President Joe Biden last month announced plans to set up round-the-clock operations at the Port of Los Angeles, the nation’s largest port, hopefully to help ships waiting to dock and truckers to haul cargo. shortage, and to prevent rising inflation.

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Jim Silver, CEO of toy industry review website Toys, Tots, Pets & More, said the charity will see fewer donations from manufacturers this holiday season as many containers are stuck at US ports.

“There’s going to be a shortage,” he said. “without a doubt.”

The supply chain also explains why donations to charities such as The Toy Foundation have declined. According to executive director Pamela Mastrota, donations have fallen by almost 80 percent in dollar value this year compared to 2019.

It is extremely difficult to find toys, gaming consoles, laptops and other electronic items that children have sought because of a global shortage of chips used in cars, phones and other devices, said Family Giving Tree, a California-based non-profit. The organization typically extends well wishes to the 34,000 children and adults in the Bay Area, but is concerned that the year may be shorter.

“I’ve never seen anything like this. Our biggest fear is that we’re not getting the quality of the gifts we want, or that we’re not going to have enough in general,” said Kristin Begari, purchasing coordinator. Family tree.

Toys for Tots, the nation’s most popular toy donation drive run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve, isn’t expecting any shortages this year, according to David Cooper, the organization’s vice president of operations. Cooper said the organization bought about $16.5 million worth of toys this spring to avoid any supply chain issues.

Samaritan Purse, a Christian relief charity organization, is more concerned about shipping delays this season than the lack of supply chains. The group’s Operation Christmas Child Project sends millions of shoeboxes filled with Christmas gifts, toiletries, Christian paraphernalia and more to children in more than 100 countries, but due to a lack of truck drivers, delivery equipment and other factors, the group is concerned that 9.7 million Expected Shoeboxes will be delayed this year.

“We have to be resilient. But we have a strong team, volunteer and logistic network in our country. And we are confident that the program will be carried out at the same level of excellence that it has been in the past.” David Thompson, senior director of Operation Christmas Child.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

Silver noted that small and medium-sized manufacturers that mass-produce toys in countries like China are feeling more squeezed by supply chain problems than larger ones. However, disruption is also being felt at MGA Entertainment, the American toy giant that makes Bratz! And worthy surprise! Doll.

The company’s CEO, Isaac Larian, said they’ve only been able to meet demand for 70 percent of the items as the company waits for hundreds of containers full of toys to be evacuated to California ports.

“These stuff aren’t going away at Christmas,” Larian said. And the toys that are in stores now cost 23 percent more than last year, he said. His advice to anyone looking to get a toy is simple: Shop now.

Despite the earlier planning process, many gift requests for gaming systems and other items submitted to One Simple Wish have gone out of stock, or are facing major shipping delays, said Daniela Glatto, the organization’s founder, who Works with entire social service agencies. The country can make any grants to children in need to facilitate holiday greetings.

“It’s clearly capturing our ability to make sure that we’re going to be able to meet all of these needs in time for the holidays,” Gletow said. “Because our goal is to get everything through the week before Christmas.”

To avoid further delays, she says the organization is encouraging donors to make wishes earlier than in prior years.

There are concerns that more families may register to receive toys from them this year due to the higher cost. However, a Toys for Tots spokesperson said early indicators of their holiday collection efforts point in a positive direction.

Some of his donations in the past have gone to the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, which also collects gifts for children and families during the holidays. The organization estimates that around 5 million gifts are donated each year through the program. However this year, Salvation Army commissioner Kenneth Hodder said there are concerns that many children may not receive gifts on time.

“We’re encouraging everyone who has generously supported us in the past, and who want to do so again this year, to shop early and get those toys to us as soon as possible,” he said. said.