Residents and businesses recognized the Christmas holidays as a time for giving by supporting a local toy drive.
The 32 Division Community Response Unit took the challenge to organize a toy drive, asking the support of residents and businesses of North Toronto to donate toys for less-privileged children so that their holiday season could be filled with joy.
The officers contacted as many people as possible, raising over $8,000 for toys.
Officers chose community groups and agencies, schools and religious institutions to distribute the toys to children. The officers also reached out to the Canadian Armed Forces and distributed toys to children who have a parent serving overseas.
Superintendent Sam Fernandes said the community and police can achieve great things when working in partnership.
“This was an exemplary validation of community policing at its finest," Fernandes said.