Students at First Nations Junior & Senior School of Toronto are this year’s recipients of toys, compliments of the Toronto Police Service Employment Unit and generous donors.
The gifts were presented at the school’s annual winter solstice celebration on December 17.
“The celebration marks the return of light and the students are engaged in plays and songs,” said teacher Angela Mallas. “It’s a community event that brings families and friends together for a feast. In all traditional gatherings, there is a giveaway component and every student gets a gift bag full of presents.”
Constable Jason Gill started amassing gifts last year.
“When I was growing up, I always received gifts,” he said. “I think every young person should have that opportunity.”
The gifts Gill collected last year went to ProAction Cops & Kids for distribution.
He said TD Bank and other community organizations donated Christmas presents.