Toronto Police and an east end Canadian Tire store have teamed up to bring Christmas cheer to children and families.
For the last 13 years, 54 Division has collaborated with the Canadian Tire franchise at 1911 Eglinton Ave. E. to create the Toys For Kids program.
Organized by Constable Jen Dekezel and Service members at 55 Division, The Toys for Kids program has assisted several organizations, including the Salvation Army, the Red Door Shelter, Seeds of Hope and United Mothers Opposed to Violence Everywhere (UMOVE).
Donations to buy gifts for children can be made in the form of Canadian Tire coupons, cash or by purchasing a bear card for a loony in support of the event.
“What is also great about this initiative is that when you donate a dollar, the Canadian Tire Store owner matches your donation,” said Dekezel, of the 1911 Eglinton Ave. E. store. “So your loonie is actually a toonie.”
Donation jugs are located at the cash registers with an explanation of the program.
“Every year, Jen makes this better,” said storeowner Mike Kenopic who bought the store five years ago. “Together with the team at Canadian Tire, we are now serving more than 800 children and families right here in our community and making Christmas a very special time for them.”