UXBRIDGE: With just days to go before the end of collection for the Uxbridge Toy Drive, organizers are appealing to local residents for additional donations to ensure every Uxbridge resident enjoys a happy holiday season.
“The Toy Drive has been slowing down quite a bit. We need a big hit this week to ensure we are able to satisfy our demands in time for Christmas,” said Uxbridge Canadian Tire owner Pat Higgins, who also serves as one of the organizers of the annual Toy Drive.
All toys collected through the initiative stay within Uxbridge’s borders, to be distributed through various charities, churches and not-for-profit organizations in the community.
Mr. Higgins added that as the Toy Drive’s numbers currently stand, they are down from last year and are having trouble filling certain requests due to low stock.
As well, organizers have noted a shortage of donations for kids over age 10, some donation ideas for this age group include gift cards, electronics and outdoor toys.
The Toy Drive has seen several groups including Bonner Boys, Fraserway RV, Sweet World Media and ATL Industries step forward with monetary donations which aid in purchasing gifts for a specific age group where there is a shortfall.
To ensure delivery in time for Christmas, donations should be dropped off no later than Sunday, Dec. 20. There are several drop-off locations around Uxbridge including Canadian Tire, McDonald’s, Zehrs, Walmart, Little Acorn, M&M Meat Shops and the Uxbridge Bruins home game at 7:45 p.m. on Friday night against the Clarington Eagles.