OGDEN -- Marcia Hamblin has more than 1,200 Christmas toy requests from families in Weber, Morgan, Box Elder and Davis counties on the Toys for Tots program this year.
Each family has one to nine children, and it is safe to assume several hundred of those requests are for 12- and 13-year-old boys.
As of 2 p.m. Thursday, her bin to meet those hundreds of requests contained two toys: a model car and a wind-up penguin that poops brown jelly beans.
Even if you count each jelly bean (a dozen) as one gift, that doesn't pencil out real well.
The bin for girls ages 12 and 13 wasn't much better. It had five toys, including a picture frame and some earphones.
The Business Depot Ogden warehouse floor where Toys for Tots is getting ready for Christmas is full of empty bins that really need to be full of toys by now.
Each bin is for children of various ages, so volunteers can quickly assemble gift bags to meet the needs of individual families.
Bins for children of both genders, ages 2 to 5, are full, but those for infants to 2 years and everyone from age 6 on up are in varying degrees of bleak.
Hamblin is worried.
"See," she said, waving at the row of empty boxes for children of various ages. "These are all required to be filled. There's more than 800 requests we haven't gotten to yet."
That's out of 1,200, as she hefted the pile of request forms -- a stack of paper 2 inches thick.
Toys for Tots is the clearinghouse for the Salvation Army's Giving Tree program and other agencies around Top of Utah.
It is run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, which this year means Marcia and her husband, Larry -- who are actually members of the Marine Corps League -- because the Reserve is busy with the war in Afghanistan.
As with other agencies helping those in need, the economy is driving more people to seek help.
"We have just gotten so many requests," Marcia Hamblin said. "This is my first year of this and it's overwhelmed me, the bleakness of it."
She said some corporations and stores, such as Walmart and Toys R Us, have signed on to help. She would be happy to have more.
"If any company would like to issue us a check, we'd send it to Quantico, and they'd put it on our charge card," and she could go do some serious shopping.
In addition to toy bins for donations, Toys for Tots put out coin collection jars this year.
"Little Caesar's in Clinton did an excellent job for me. They brought in $70," Hamblin said.
But $70 is seven toys, and if each child gets two, she's short 1,600 toys.
"It's our goal to make sure no child goes without a toy this year, and it's not going to happen unless those who have a little more are willing to give," Hamblin said.
All those families approved for aid will be given an appointment to pick up their toys beginning Dec. 19.
By that time, Hamblin said, she needs the warehouse floor covered with filled bags, which means she needs to start filling her bins now.