Tucson's Miracle on 31st in danger

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- With only one week left until Christmas, one Tucson man is in desperate need of help.

For the past 40 years Ramon Gonzales' "Miracle on 31st Street" has given away thousands of toys to local children in need.

But this year donations are at a record low, and Ramon Fears he'll have to turn kids away.

The pile of toys sitting in Ramon Gonzales' living room looks like a child's holiday wish-list come true.

But Ramon's not playing Santa for just one child but 9,000.

"I feel very happy when I see those little children with their big smiles and being happy because they get a little teddy bear , a little car," said Gonzales.

For the past 40 years Ramon has given away toys to Tucson children at his Miracle on 31st Street celebration.

But this year donations have hit a record low.

"Truthfully, I don't think I have slept more than 2 hours in the past week," Gonzales said.

In the past toys have reached the top of Ramon's living room ceiling.  With only seven days until Christmas he only has about 400.

"What worries me the most is what do I tell those kids?  What do I tell them?  I'm sorry, but there's no more toys, go home," Gonzales said.

Ramon is in great need of toys for toddlers and pre-teens. He's also running low on bicycles.

"Right now we only have 3 little bicycles and that's it.  Last year we had about 30 of them," Gonzales said.

Even if Ramon doesn't collect enough toys, he says the celebration will go on. But he's hopeful the community will once again pull through.

"They're just children right now, but they want to grow up to be adults and hopefully they'll come afterwards and help other kids," Gonzales said.

Ramon will be distributing the toys on December 24 at Tucson Electric Park starting at 9:00 A.M.

To find out how you can donate, more information can be found on the Miracle on 31st Street Facebook page.