What we've experienced over the years in an explosion of need," said Bishop Ronald J. Hoston, senior pastor of the church.
Last year, about 700 toys were given to children from about 150 families.
This year, about 2,000 toys went to children in 682 families, said Hoston
"When I found out 682 families I said, 'My God, that is monumental for us,' " he
attributes the increase to the loss of thousands of good-paying manufacturing jobs in the Rochester area over the past several years, plus the financial hardships brought on by the current recession.