A 53 Division toy drive that gathered 3,000 toys for CTV Toronto Toy Mountain continued thanks to the generosity of the public and continued efforts by RioCan staff.
The annual toy drive was again a great success, as the public at the RioCan Yonge and Eglinton Centre donated thousands of toys.
However, thanks to the RioCan staff, especially security officers, the toy boxes continued to be filled after the police display was closed for this year.
"When I went to meet with RioCan on Friday December 22, they had filled two more bins of toys," said Constable Tim Somers. "That’s approximately 1,000 more toys."
Community Response Unit and Neighbourhood Officers pitched in to sort, bag and transport the toys to the Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office to be used to provide toys on Christmas to approximately 100 families.
Officers at the Division also sponsored a family who have been receiving support from Victim Services Toronto, a non-profit agency who help victims of crime or sudden tragedy.
On December 23, the family of two children and their mother visited the station where they were met with a board room full of toys and Community Response Unit and 53 Division Planner Kate Elliott who joined in the surprise.
"They were overwhelmed by the amount of generousity plus so thankful for giving them a Christmas with amazing gifts that they would not have without the support of the community through 53 Division," Somers said.
The family are without two members of their family this Christmas after a crime occurred.
"They had been so negatively affected during the investigation, they were afraid of police," said Somers, noting the importance of helping the family over the holidays. "With the help of Victim Services and 53 Division, they got the Christmas they deserved along with a positive meeting with police officers."