And then something of a Christmas miracle happened.
"They called back the next day and said they were sending more than 100 items to go with the order, at no cost," said Robbins, unable to hide a smile.
The special delivery is the latest in a series of efforts put forth by individuals to pick up the slack in what had been a lagging season for the annual drive. Just last week, Chief Mike Thomas estimated the drive had garnered only 69 percent of the funds and toys accrued at the same point in 2007.
Thomas said the huge, multicolored stash of stuffed toys will certainly help fill a void typically overlooked in the toy drive.
"We have a tremendous need for toys for infants and toddlers," said Thomas. "While we're always grateful for donations, people tend to donate the glamorous toys for teenagers and older kids. The donation at Jr's really fills a big need, and we're very pleased on our backup supply for babies now."
The fact a toy vendor would have such an open heart in light of the harsh economic times is something that amazed Thomas.
"You know, people are trying to make money out there, especially businesses like this toy vendor. I was so surprised they took the time to donate toys on top of what Jr's pledged. With them being from out of state, it kind of makes you feel like Danville is its own special place on the map."
An additional toy-raising event is planned from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Community Arts Center for individuals to drop off donated toys and be entertained by live music, Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as an elf.