UXBRIDGE: The 2015 edition of the Uxbridge Community Toy Drive officially kicked off on Friday, Nov. 13, in the hopes of making the Holiday season bright for everyone in Uxbridge.
“Believe it or not, there are a lot of people in Uxbridge who need help. It seems to be growing every year and we’re working with more and more groups that need assistance. This is a local effort, and we guarantee that 100 per cent of the toys we collect will stay right here in Uxbridge Township,” Canadian Tire owner Pat Higgins, one of the organizers of the Toy Drive told The Standard.
Mr. Higgins added that he was thrilled with the efforts of the community last year, as Uxbridge rallied to donate more than 2,200 toys and $3,500 in cash donations.
The Toy Drive van, which has once again been generously provided by Williamson Uxbridge will be hitting the streets this week, and those attending the Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, Nov. 21 are encouraged to bring along a new, unwrapped toy to help fill the van.
As well, toys can be dropped off at numerous locations around Uxbridge including: Canadian Tire, Zehrs, M&Ms, Walmart, McDonald’s, Little Acorn, and all Uxbridge Bruins home games.
On Friday, Nov. 11, the Bruins will be hosting their annual ‘Teddy Bear Toss Night’ when they take on the Port Perry MoJacks at 7:45 p.m. in a ‘Battle of North Durham’ at the Bear Den. When the Bruins score their first goal of the night, fans are encouraged to wrap a new teddy bear and toss them onto the ice. The Bruins are hoping to top the 101 bears donated last season.
The Toy Drive is often in need of gifts for teens and infants. A full wish list can be found through the Toy Drive’s web site at www.uxbridgetoydrive. com, as well as the Toy Drive’s Facebook page.
To ensure that there is time for volunteers to be able to collect, sort and distribute toys in time for Christmas, donations are encouraged to be in by Friday, Dec. 18, although donations will be accepted right up until stores close on Christmas Eve.
It takes the work of many people to make sure the Toy Drive is successful every year, and several community groups lend their time every year. If you are interested in volunteering to assist with this year’s Toy Drive, please register at www. uxbridgetoydrive. com.