UXBRIDGE: The 2014 Uxbridge Community Toy Drive officially kicked off on Friday, Nov. 14, and local merchants are encouraging residents to help make the Holidays bright for everyone.
“Believe it or not, there are a lot of people in Uxbridge who need help, and we guarantee that 100 per cent of the toys we collect will stay here in Uxbridge Township,” Canadian Tire owner Pat Higgins, one of the organizers of the Toy Drive told The Standard.
The Bonner Boys helped provide a jump start for the annual collection when Bret Meyers presented a cheque for $1,000 on behalf of the local group at the kick-off event on Friday.
The Toy Drive van will be hitting the streets this week, and those attending the Santa Claud Parade on Saturday, Nov. 22 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, Habitat for Humanity ReStore and all Uxbridge Bruins home games.
Toys will be also be collected during the York-Durham Heritage Railway’s popular Santa Trains in December.
The toy drive is often in need of gifts for teens and infants. A full wish list is posted on the Toy Drive web site 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 Dec. 20, although donations are accepted right up until Christmas Eve.
With the continued generosity of the Uxbridge community, this year’s Toy Drive will hopefully be the best yet.