A toy drive started by 53 Division Officer Timothy Somers helped collect over 1,000 toys for families living at the Ronald McDonald House.
The Community Response Unit (CRU) officer partnered with RioCan, in the Yonge and Eglinton Centre, to create a toy drive initiative. After discussion with a few large charities, Constable Somers chose Ronald McDonald House Toronto to be the receiver of the toys which were donated during the initiative.
The design of the initiative was to place a brand new Police SUV in the Yonge Eglinton Centre and build two large toy boxes for display. The drive was scheduled to be from December 11th to December 20th. During the weeklong drive, officers from the 53 Division CRU, along with Auxiliary Officers, were present with the display, interacting with shoppers and collecting toys and cash donations.
If officers were unable to be at the location, RioCan Executive Nicole Young arranged for security staff at the mall helped collect the toys. Young also supplied the toy boxes for donation.
Ronald McDonald House CEO Stephanie Karapita also provided support through advertising and promotion along with Ronald McDonald House Manager Laura Vickers, both of whom helped make the drive a success.
The result was over 1,000 toys being collected and over $3,000 in cash. The toys went to over 100 families and their children.