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Donations slow to start at Stuff the Bus location

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REDDING, Calif. - Donations have been slow to start at Fitness Express in Redding for KRCR's Annual Stuff the Bus Toy Drive.

With only 11 days to the live event on December 9 Fitness Express has only one bag inside the barrel but employees said that was nothing to worry about.

Fitness Express Owner Brad Frost said donations are typically slow to start then picks up after Thanksgiving. His employees will also head out during their lunch so they can stuff the barrel.

Frost said he's participated in Stuff the Bus for the last four years but this was the first year for a barrel at his location in the Mt. Shasta Mall, so the word is slowly getting out.

He believed that the event is special for the Northstate because all donations stayed local and it's the community's way of helping each other out.

"I've been in this community for 25 years. I've been here for the good times, I've been here for the mills closing and everyone needs to realize especially the new people coming into our community this is what we're about, this is what makes us special and this is what makes us different," said Frost.

Frost said having a barrel at Fitness Express was a convenient way for customers to make a donation during their daily routine.

Frost said he doesn't mind if he barely sees any donations, as long as donations are being dropped off at other barrel locations. For a full list click here.

KRCR will also be out collecting toys during the live event December 9 at Wittmeier Ford in Chico and Crown Motors in Redding. All toys will go towards local Salvation Army offices to help kids in need. Representatives will also be collecting toys as Corning Ford and Oroville Ford from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. that day for the drive.

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