Build-A-Bear Gives Away 20,000 Toys

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ST. LOUIS (AP) The Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots toy drive gets a boost with a big contribution from Build-A-Bear Workshop.

The St. Louis-based company is donating 20,000 plush animals to the annual toy drive _ 15,000 in St. Louis and 5,000 in Columbus, Ohio. Build-A-Bear says it is making the donation in response to Toys for Tot's call for last-minute donations. Overall, donations to the drive are down this year.

Build-A-Bear says that it earlier donated 325,000 plush animals to the toy drive.