2021 Toy Drive

Oakville Firefighters Launch Annual Holiday Toy Drive, Anticipate Higher Need This Season.

Call for monetary and gift card donations so every local child can more safely receive a gift this holiday season.

The Oakville Professional Firefighters Association is proud to launch its

annual holiday toy drive for the 29th year, with the goal of giving every local child an opportunity to enjoy a gift of their own this holiday season. The drive will kick off Saturday November 27 at the Toronto Rock Lacrosse Exhibition Game, and will continue through Saturday, December 18. 2021 has been another challenging year for many in our community. Based on emerging information, need is expected to be higher than in prior years. Oakville’s firefighters are hopeful that together with the community, we can meet this rising challenge in a safe, responsible way.

The collection, sorting and distribution of physical toys and gifts involves large amounts of contact.

Normally, volunteers spend hundreds of hours in close proximity sorting and packing items. To help protect the safety of our donors, our volunteers and the children we support, this year we are asking supporters to consider donations of gift cards and monetary contributions. While the drive can still accept physical donations, many charities and agencies are unable to distribute them.

“The holiday season is an opportunity for our community to come together in spirit and celebrate our

traditions in ways that respect the safety of this wonderful community,” said Kurt Merriman, Toy Drive Chair, Oakville Professional Firefighters Association. “In this time of tremendous need and challenge, I am confident that the generosity of Oakville residents will help ensure every local child can receive a gift this year.”

"This year, more families are struggling financially as we emerge from the pandemic. The Oakville

community has always given generously to our neighbours who need a little help,” said Pam Damoff, Member of Parliament for Oakville North—Burlington. “As we look toward a brighter year in 2022, we are grateful to the Oakville Professional Firefighters Association, the charities and agencies supporting our residents and all of you who donate to the toy drive each year to ensure everyone has something to look forward to during the holiday season. Thank you for your support!”

The toy drive has no expenses or overhead, 100% of all donations are converted to gift cards and

provided to children in need in our community.

HOW TO DONATE

Fire stations are currently closed to closed to the public due to COVID-19. The following donation options

are available:

1.  Drop off a gift card or physical gift at our holiday lights drive through donation event:

Friday December 10th 5-9pm Coronation Park (Route details at Oakville.ca)

2.  Donate by sending an Interac eTransfer at oakvilletoydrive@gmail.com

Autodeposit is enabled - no password required

3. Donate by mailing gift cards or cheques addressed to:

OAKVILLE PFFA TOY DRIVE

Oakville Fire Station 7

2010 Joshua's Creek Drive

Oakville Ontario

L6H 6E5

(Make cheques payable to “Oakville PFFA Toy Drive”)

4.  Drop off a gift card or physical gift at any Oakville Community Centre or Library.

5.  Order items from any retailer online and have them shipped to our receiving point:

Re: Toy Drive

Budds' Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC

410 S Service Road West

Oakville, ON

L6K 2H4

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GET INVOLVED

Community groups and corporations are encouraged to spread the holiday cheer by organizing their own

virtual toy drives or donations to support the Oakville Firefighters Toy Drive. We can also arrange for firefighters to attend your virtual event. For event ideas, or more information on how your organization can get involved, please contact us.

 

MEDIA AND EVENT CONTACT

 

Kurt Merriman

Toy Drive Chair

Oakville Professional Firefighters Association

Email: toydrive1582@gmail.com