Oakville firefighters drive-thru toy drive shares holiday cheer with those in need

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Published November 23, 2022 at 12:15 pm

The Oakville Professional Firefighters Association (OPFFA) is hosting its holiday drive-thru toy drive at Coronation Park on Friday, Dec. 9. OPFFA PHOTO

While we draw closer to festive season, Oakville firefighters are doing their part to ensure those in need in our community can also share in the holiday cheer.

The Oakville Professional Firefighters Association (OPFFA) is teaming up with Santa Claus for its annual drive-thru toy drive at Coronation Park on Friday, Dec. 9.

The special holiday event begins at 5 p.m. and runs to 9 p.m.

All donations from the toy drive will be distributed directly to local families, institutions and community agencies supporting children and youth in need.

Local residents are invited to drive through the park with their families and enjoy the festive lights, drop off a gift card or toy donation, and wave or deliver a letter to Santa. Along with Santa, the drive-thru event will feature other special guests, including the Oakville Fire Safety team and Sparky the Fire Dog.

“The annual Toy Drive continues to be very popular in our community, and I am extremely proud of the efforts of the Oakville Professional Firefighters Association, and grateful for the support from residents,” said Fire Chief Paul Boissonneault.

“Donations will help ease the pressure on deserving families and ensure children and youth have holiday gifts to enjoy this season.”
For those unable to attend the toy drive, the OPFFA will be accepting gift cards, toys, and non-perishable food donations between Nov. 25 and Dec. 18 at several locations across town, including Town Hall, fire stations, and select recreation and culture facilities and retail locations.

For more details, visit the Oakville PFFA Toy Drive page.

The Coronation Park tree light installations will be up until the end of winter. Festive lights can also be viewed at George’s Square and Erchless Estate.

“The holiday season offers many opportunities to explore our vibrant town, support local businesses and give back to the community,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “From toy drives and parades to tree lighting events and shopping attractions, there’s something for everyone to do and help create lasting memories.”

 

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