Last year, the area was "inundated" with toys. This year, when Ringdahl called Toys for Tots, looking for something for 150 kids the camp serves, the news was hard: There was only one toy.
Please, give what you can to the charity of your choice.
"We have a long road ahead of us," Ringdahl said.
I recount all this for Wright, who listens, then turns to me.
"We need a truck," she said. "We need a truck, some toys, some clothing and some money to fill it. I have a driver."
I know better than to argue. So with time pressing against us, we're giving it all we've got.
So I'm begging. If you'd like to donate a toy or a check made out to Wright's nonprofit group, Seattle Artists, you can drop it by the Oneness Christian Center, 2716 E. Cherry St. in Seattle, starting at 10 a.m. today.
Wright will see to it that your help gets there. And if you stay for the 11 a.m. service, she will lift your spirit like she did for all she met in the South.