Community members and local businesses are being encouraged to support the 25th Annual Toronto Police Auxiliary Toy Drive to ensure over 3,000 children get the holiday they deserve.
“When we talk about keeping our community safe, there are so many elements in making that happen,” said Chief Mark Saunders, at the November 3 launch of the drive at 42 Division. “I want to thank our Auxiliary members not only for the work they do, but the compassion that they have. It is the ability of understanding if we are going to be strong and viable in the community, we have to start off recognizing that everybody has to enjoy the holiday season.”
Saunders said it fill him with pride to see the volunteerism in the Service.
“This toy drive is so symbolic, not only to talking about relationships between the police service and the community, but it speaks stronger to humanity. There are so many volunteers that are involved that unites us all from every aspect of the toy drive. It is people giving up their time and I am so proud of Toronto Police Service for all that they do and the people that are involved.”
Auxiliary officer Carrie Malin started the Toy Drive 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.
Buses crammed with gifts will be delivered to several community organizations in Scarborough, including Juliette’s Place, on December 21.
“Most of the people we serve had to leave everything behind and start over,” said outreach worker Sonila Zesllari. “The work that you are doing is very important in helping to bring smiles on the faces of parents and their young children.”
New unwrapped toys can be dropped off at 41 Division (2222 Eglinton Ave. E.) and 42 Division (242 Milner Ave.).
All toy donations are welcome, but there is always a high demand for toys for boys and girls between the ages of 10-14.