Auxiliary Toy Drive Under Way

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 6 a.m. November 23, 2016
Updated: 11:41 a.m. November 23, 2016

You can bring a smile to a child this Christmas by dropping at a toy at Scarborough TPS Divisions.

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Auxiliary officers, police officers and community volunteers get read to deliver almost 2,000 toys to children across Scarborough.

Community members and local businesses are being encouraged to support the 22nd Annual Toronto Police Auxiliary Toy Drive that ensures 3,000 children and youth get the holiday they deserve.

“Our goal is to ensure that every child experiences that joy and happiness associated with the festive Christmas season,” said Auxiliary Superintendent Frank Fernandes. “The more toys we get, the more smiles we will be able to put on young faces.”

Auxiliary officer Carrie Malin started the Toy Drive, over two decades ago, to bring smiles to the faces of children in women’s shelters and at community centres.

Picking up the baton, other Auxiliary members have been at the forefront of the event for the last two decades.

“Their leadership and dedication to our communities is really par excellence,” said Fernandes, of the volunteers who make the toy drive possible. “We are really proud to have one of the finest auxiliaries anywhere in the world. They give freely of their time and stand side by side with us in our communities.”

The toy drive ends December 16. Toys will be distributed shortly afterwards.

New unwrapped toys can be dropped off at 41 Division (2222 Eglinton Ave. E.), 42 Division (242 Milner Ave.) and 43 Division (4331 Lawrence Ave. E.)

All toy donations are welcome, but there is always a high demand for toys for boys and girls between the ages of 10-14.

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Auxiliary officer Maria Quijano speaks to newcomers from Chile at the Auxiliary Toy Drive.
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