Posted 12.12.16 @ 0:0
Christmas joy is for every child in Oakville, no matter what their background is. In light of this, Toys for Tots is back for another year to deliver a message of hope to help build children’s self-esteem so that they can grow into community leaders and productive, patriotic, and responsible citizens.
The Halton Regional Police Service’s civilian and off-duty uniform employees join together with schools, local businesses, and sports organization to lend their talents, time, and resources in support of the annual Toys for Tots campaign. Last year, the program was able to help 4,200 local families in need with the $345,486 worth of gift cards, toys, food, and cash gathered.
This year, organizers are aiming to exceed last year’s fund-raising campaigns, challenging every individual to join in the cause. Joining can be as easy as sending or dropping off your donations or getting involved by collecting gift cards, cash, and unwrapped toys for the cause. Once you feel that you’ve got enough, feel free to call the organizers so a member of the team can pick-up your group’s donation.
It looks like the 17th annual Toys for Tots campaign started on a good note, as organizers got to see their theme in action on the very first day of the campaign.
Joe Zimmerman (the one and only of the DeadMau5 fame) saw one tweet from the regional police force and immediately went into action. He purchased a shopping cart full of toys and surprised organizers as they were packing up. Exactly the kind of initiative that the organizers were keen on seeing in action so that no child will have to miss out during the Christmas season.
Several celebrities and notable personalities were in attendance at the Toys for Tots 2016 kick-off event including father and son Tiger Jeet Singh and Tiger Ali Singh. Both wrestling legends are humanitarians and honourary Halton police officers.
Const. Judy Dugas, Halton Police’s Toys for Tots Campaign regional manager shared that all it takes is just a single person to bring the Toys for Tots Campaign in one’s neighbourhood. That same one person has the power to create such a positive impact on so many lives, including a child in need’s entire family.
For a Great cause
The Toys for Tots campaign is working on providing gifts to families in need during the holidays in partnership with Canadian Tire, the Salvation Army, Mandarin Restaurant and Halton Honda. Halton Honda donated the vehicle that will be picking up donations from various communities.
Donations can also be dropped off at any Canadian Tire location or Halton Region police station between the 18th of November until the 16th of December 2016. More information on Toys for Tots can be found at the Halton Police website. Donations can be dropped personally at the Oakville District Police Station at 95 Oak Walk Drive and at the Halton Regional Police Service Headquarters at 1151 Bronte Road.
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