On Nov. 17, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services kicks off their 16th annual Toy Drive to benefit local children and families during the holiday season. Donations of new, unwrapped toys will be accepted at various locations and parades across Simcoe County until Dec. 17.
So far, the Toy Drive has collected almost 73,000 toys, 25,000 pounds of food and more than $145,000 in monetary and gift card donations for families across the county.
“The holidays can be exceptionally stressful for children and families in need,” said Terry Dowdall, county deputy warden. “We are grateful to our generous residents and businesses who continue to support the Toy Drive and thankful to our paramedics for volunteering their time to support our communities. This is truly what the holidays are all about.”
All Toy Drive donations are distributed to local children and families in need by charitable organizations working in partnership with Simcoe County Paramedic Services.
Donations can be made at the Simcoe County administration centre, 1110 Highway 26 in Midhurst between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and at all Simcoe County Paramedic stations, where outdoor drop boxes are now available. Donors are asked to not leave monetary donations in drop boxes, only non-perishable food items and new, unwrapped toys.
The Toy Drive will also be collecting donations at events across Simcoe County throughout the holiday season, including at the Simcoe County Museum Victorian Christmas on Dec. 13 and 14.
Visit simcoe.ca for more details.
Photo: Paramedics Greg Sharp and Lisa Dore are joined by Siren the Fox to help kick off the 16th annual Toy Drive.