2020 Toy Drive Wrap Up

2020 Oakville Firefighters Toy Drive a Success

 

Thank You!

Because of the generosity of Oakville residents, businesses and community organizations, we were able to distribute gifts to 3527 local children and youth. The children’s charities, institutions and agencies we work with, wish to express their gratitude to our donors and volunteers.

 

Thanks to Budds’ Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC for serving as our warehouse & online order receiving point

 

Holidays Are a Tough Time For Those In Need

Dr. Sara Cumming, Executive Director, Home Suite Hope:

“Holidays are often the most difficult time in our families' lives as they have to navigate their expenses with the expectations of Santa deliveries. The toy drive allows our families to experience the joy of the Christmas spirit without requiring them to go without groceries for two weeks. We can't express the relief that this provides us as an organization.”

“This year we on-boarded our largest number of participants from homelessness since we opened our doors. Additionally, we opened new programs to help with the Region's COVID 19 rapid rehousing program in an effort to provide case management to families who lost housing during the pandemic.”

The Challenge of the Pandemic

With many charities unable to accept physical items, and fire stations closed to the public, much of our normal operation was disrupted. Town Council, Town Administration and Fire Department Administration were extremely supportive and many town divisions stepped up to assist this year, with recreation centres and libraries serving as safe donation locations. In addition, the drive through donation event at Coronation Park was a huge success, and provided a safe alternative for residents to drop off donations. The town’s Recreation and Culture division and Parks division did an amazing job!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Santa at the Coronation Park Drive Through Donation Event

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Packing donations, thanks to Home Depot on Cross Ave for donating boxes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Santa with perennial Toy Drive supporter Pam Damoff, MP for Oakville North - Burlington

P231 and L232 crews packing and sorting toys at Station 3

Normally we hold several large sorting days with multiple shifts of 30-40 volunteers. Obviously this year we had to change the process to maintain COVID safety protocols. Thanks to the hard work and flexibility of our volunteers we were able to spread out the operation to different teams and locations to get items sorted and distributed. Special thanks to the many members who volunteered their time to make deliveries, the station sorting leads, as well as the station 3 crews on all four platoons who worked very hard this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the two rinks donated by TOJA Grid, auctioned and installed by off duty firefighters to raise

money to buy gift cards

 

Thank You!

We are continually amazed by the generosity in our community; businesses, groups, clubs, and individuals stepped up and answered the call this year. Many of you could have taken the year off but instead decided to get creative and find ways to help. So many residents and businesses sent e-transfers which allowed us to purchase gift cards for charities who had all staff working remotely and could not distribute physical gifts this year. Oakville’s firefighters are proud to be involved in this community initiative which would not be possible without the support of all of you! Wishing you all a safe and happy 2021!

Thanks to the following groups and individuals for your support this year!

Abaton Integrative Medicine

Andrew Collins Photography

Avantika Clinic

Budds’ Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC

Buy Buy Baby

The Calendar Club Oakville Place

Cambrian Solutions

Clanmore Montessori School

Colborne Seniors Centre

Delta Bingo

The Dive Academy

Rebecca & Rob Fell

Home Depot (99 Cross Avenue)

H:OM Organizing

Inside Halton

Lockwood Kia

The Massage Clinic Health Centres

McDonalds Oakville

Mercedes Benz Oakville

Metroland Media Group

Mini Oakville/Budds’ BMW Motorrad

Temple Bar

Toja Grid

Toronto Rock Lacrosse Club

Tyrena & Ryan Miehm

Oakville Blades Hockey Club

Oakville Public Library

Oakville Rangers Hockey Club

Oakville Soccer Club

OMAC World Class Martial Arts

Orella Group

Palermo United Church

Petsmart North Oakville

Royal Lepage Realty Plus

Darren Singh, Royal Lepage Signature Realty

Sobeys Maplegrove

Town of Oakville

Velocity EHS

Walmart Oakville

West of the City Magazine

Zoe Wright

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Media and Event Contact:

Kurt Merriman

Toy Drive Committee Chair

Oakville Professional Firefighters Association

Email: toydrive1582@gmail.com

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