Toy drive says donation drop off gave away gifts to its own customers instead

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Updated: 12/05/2012 6:13 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & - An area toy drive is pleading for your help tonight after a donation drop off point allegedly gave all of the gifts away to its own customers instead. The toys were supposed to be given out this weekend at the annual Cops-Robbers basketball game. They hoped to help more than 100 needy kids but the organizer now says they'd be lucky to reach half that amount according to organizer Marcus Woods.

He claims their major Reno drop off point Lili's Restaurant and Cantina just decided to give the toys to their own customers instead. News 4 stopped by the restaurant - where we were told no one was available to speak with us right now and they might call us back Thursday.

This comes just a few days after a jar of cash for the charity was stolen at another restaurant. Now the organizer says he's not sure how they'll recover and he's worried about disappointing the kids who had been looking forward to this event.

As you can imagine, the group is no longer taking donations at that drop off point. But they haven't been able to find another one yet, so if you're interested in helping, please call 775-378-8792.
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Robert - 12/8/2012 10:29 PM
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Wow Amber, how many people do you know? you are going to do your best to get a donation out there? Instead of telling your friends to not spend a dime at the place, why not tell your friends to spend a dime for the kids? It seems the restaurant was trying to collect toys for the kids, how many other restaurants do you guys go to actually care? not a whole lot. guess we should all eat at home from now on.

Amber - 12/7/2012 3:49 PM
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Kudos to the business' in the comments here for taking up the cause. I will do my best to get a donation out there and make sure that everyone I know will never spend a dime at this restaurant. Thanks to the responsible business owners here!

jd111358 - 12/6/2012 4:01 PM
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its criminal! the owners of the business needs to pay and make good on the items!

Maccabee Arms - 12/5/2012 9:02 PM
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Maccabee Arms here and we just called and offer our help as well, looks like cause of the time crunch they have no need for a drop off location yet TOYS, TOYS & TOYS!!!! they will stop by our shop tomorrow at noon and pick up our small share for the event, if you are in the area and want to drop some as well, go for it or call these guys at 378-8792 and they will come and pick the donated toys!! lets get on it Reno!!! we can save this Holiday season for these kids!!!

tdlees1 - 12/5/2012 8:37 PM
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They decided to give the toys to thier customers? Yeah I have decided to not eat or drink there again.

BeachBum2U - 12/5/2012 6:47 PM
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Pyramid that is really kind and generous, we are fortunate to have storage units donated where we live. Am so sorry to hear about this unbelievable act of greed! Not sure how it works in your area but if this charity calls the Toys for Tots Foundation am sure they will get all the toys they need. Hope it works out, but I bet your community will overwhelm this charity with a wonderful response, people are good and want to give!

Pyramid165 - 12/5/2012 6:03 PM
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Hello, we at Pyramid Highway Storage would like to help. We have storage units available where we can accept A LOT of gifts that will be locked up tight. Please call 775-425-9500 if you'd like to take us up on our offer. We're located in North Spanish Springs right before Pebble Creek...Prime area for those of us out here that don't want to drive all the way in Reno.

kclevidence - 12/5/2012 5:54 PM
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Hello again, Sorry about the mmisspelled words!! I was typing very fast as it is just unbelievable people do this kindof stuff to other people. We can help! We have been in business here in Reno for 27 years. Please call me at 775-530-4021 Thank you

kclevidence - 12/5/2012 5:51 PM
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Hello, My Name is Kim and this is just a horribl thing these people did. I won a delivery company here in Reno. Our warehouse is located on Longley and we would love to help you out with storing your toys for the kids.

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