Dec 18, 2012 9:06 AM by Samantha Ptashkin
TUCSON- For the past four decades Ramon Gonzales has collected toys for thousands of Tucson children during the holiday season.
"Bicycles, dolls, basketballs, footballs, you name it," Gonzales says.
But this year his annual "Miracle on 31st Street" toy giveaway needs a miracle of its own. "I'm very desperate, I mean I need those toys," Gonzales says.
More than 10,000 children are expected to line up this weekend at his annual event, but Gonzales says so far he only has about 400 toys and eight bicycles. "It's going to be a very sad moment to tell those children I just can't do it," Gonzales says. "They have to go home empty- handed after standing hours and hours in the cold?"
Gonzales says he is usually able to give two or three toys to each child, but this year he says he'll be lucky if he has enough to give just one gift per child. "I believe children are only children once in a lifetime," Gonzales says.
In four decades he has never had to turn anyone away. He hopes this year he can do the same.
If you would like to donate to "Miracle on 31st Street" you can drop off toys at the following locations:
The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at 823 E. Speedway Blvd (Speedway & Euclid) Tucson, AZ 85719
Old Pueblo Healthcare at 5981 East Grant Road #115 Tucson, AZ 85712
Little Anthony's Diner at 7010 East Broadway Boulevard Tucson, AZ 85710 (Donate a toy and receive a free Jr. Sundae compliments of owner Tony Terry!)
The Home of Ramon Gonzales at 2019 West Ajo Way.
The event will be held Saturday, December 22 from 8am to 2pm at the AVA Theatre at Casino Del Sol.
For more information head to www.miracleon31street.com/