Toys for Tots organizers are asking the public to help donate to the charity as there are fewer toys ready for distribution to needy children this year due to Hurricane Sandy and a burglary earlier this year of one of the program’s storage trailers.

Hurricane Sandy destroyed several of the businesses in Cape May and Atlantic County that traditionally have volunteered to act as drop-off locations, Toys for Tots spokeswoman Donna Clementoni said in a news release. Additionally, she said, the cancellation of two major Atlantic City conventions – the New Jersey Teachers Association and the League of Municipalities – also hurt donations due to attendees typically bringing a large amount of donated toys to the program.

Then earlier this year, a thief broke into one of the program’s storage trailers in Middle Township, stealing many of the donated toys stored there. The thief was caught by police and charged, but the toys were never recovered.

The Cape-Atlantic Marine Corps. League is asking for support in the region for businesses or groups to serve as a donation drop-off site or to donate toys or money to the group.

To help, please call Frank Vesely at 609-868-0003 or Joseph Heirs at 609-927-6402.