Annual Toys for Tots campaign kicks off with event in Brampton

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Published November 12, 2021 at 5:12 pm

Toys for Tots, an annual toy drive intended to provide gifts over the winter holidays for children who would otherwise not receive any, kicked off the 2021 campaign in Brampton.

This year marks the 29th year of the campaign, which began with an event at the Bramalea City Centre featuring an appearance from Santa himself on Friday (November 12).

The charity was originally formed in 1993, when Peel Regional Police (PRP) teamed up with Canadian Tire and the Salvation Army to raise money to provide toys for underprivileged children across the country.

Since then, thousands of families have been assisted by the campaign, including almost 9,000 in 2019.

“I am so excited and honoured to be part of Toys for Tots for the second year,” Jana Marchese, Chairperson for the 2021 Toys for Tots campaign, said in a news release. “We are looking forward to a more eventful year and hoping to make a lot of families and children happy this Christmas.”

Those who wish to participate can drop off donations of unwrapped toys, gift cards, cash/cheque at locations across Peel Region including PRP buildings, as well as other locations.

A full list of locations accepting donations for the campaign is available online, and donations can also be made online.

“Peel Region is filled with so many generous and caring people and that truly shows within Toys for Tots. Thank you to all who are involved in Toys for Tots, you truly make a difference to children and families during a very stressful time of the year,” Marchese said.

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