Toys for Tots

By Martin Blake, Toronto Police Service Published: 11:12 a.m. November 18, 2016
Updated: 2:29 p.m. November 18, 2016

A police-community partnership is helping ensure every child has a gift to look forward to unwrapping this Christmas.

A group of men and women in TPS uniform
Officers showed their support for the fundraising that allows them to play Santa to children this Christmas

The Toys for Tots campaign is a partnership between  54 Division and the Canadian Tire store at  1901 Eglinton Ave. E.

For the next five weeks, this Canadian Tire location will be accepting cash and Canadian Tire money donations. The donation total will be matched by the Canadian Tire store and gifts donated to local churches, shelters and social service agencies who serve newcomers, families leaving domestic violence and others in need.

Last year, the initiative raised $10,000 and brought joy to over hundreds of families.

“Without a program like this, they might not get that toy and that smile in the morning and it’s very needed,” said Constable Jennifer Dekezel, who stressed that any small donation makes a difference in the lives of children.

Toys For Tots Campaign Launch
A woman in TPS uniform with another man cutting a cake
Constable Jennifer Dekezel and Canadian Tire Dealer Mike Kenopic cut a cake celebrating the launch of the Toys for Tots campaign
A stack of cards with a bear as well as TPS and Canadian Tire logos
For a $1 donation, donors can opt to put their name on the wall
A group of people in a store
Canadian Tire employees, Service members and volunteers gathered to launch the program
TPS crest watermark