Challenge accepted? … A toy drive is being held across Oakville, Burlington, Milton, and Halton Hills this weekend as Halton police challenge residents to fill cruisers with gifts for children in need.
Nine Cram-A-Cruiser events are taking place across Halton Region on Saturday, Dec. 2 as part of the annual Toys for Tots toy drive.
The annual campaign kicked off Nov. 15 at Burlington Mall.
Here’s where you can donate:
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Canadian Tire – 5070 Appleby Line, Burlington from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Canadian Tire – 777 Guelph Line, Burlington from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Canadian Tire – 315 Guelph Street, Georgetown from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Canadian Tire – 1210 Steeles Avenue East, Milton from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Canadian Tire – 400 Dundas Street, Oakville from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Canadian Tire – 2510 Hyde Park Gate, Oakville from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Canadian Tire – 1100 Kerr Street, Oakville from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Georgetown Marketplace – 280 Guelph Street, Georgetown from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Toronto Premium Outlets – 13850 Steeles Avenue West, Milton from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Police officers and volunteers will be accepting new unwrapped toys, cash, gift cards (which are great for teens) or Canadian Tire money for the Toys for Tots program.
Parents and caregivers can bring their children to meet officers and tour a police cruiser.
The Toys for Tots program raised more than $248,810 in toys, gift cards, cash and food for 4,350 local families in need in 2016.
In an effort to exceed last year’s record fundraising total, organizers of this year’s campaign are challenging residents to take Toys for Tots to your school, workplace, neighbourhood or organization (you can participate by collecting new, unwrapped toys, cash, gift cards for teens or Canadian Tire money).
Members of the public are invited to make donations until Sunday, Dec. 10.
Here’s a list of gift ideas for children and teens ages 10 to 16:
Gift cards in $20 and $25 denominations for popular malls and places such as Walmart, Chapters/Indigo, Tim Hortons, Pizza Pizza, Shopper’s Drug Mart, Movie theatres, Apple Music Store are appreciated.
School supplies, such as pens, paper, teen backpacks, and zipper binders are on the list.
Electronics: MP3 players and iPods are always popular.
So is sports equipment, including soccer balls, basketballs, etc.
Clothing, from socks, underwear, white T-shirts and pajamas (in youth medium/large and adult small sizes) are a hit.
Jewelry (earrings, bracelets, necklaces), make-up (eye shadow, lipstick, mascara, nail polish) and hair accessories (straighteners, blow dryers, hair clips, barrettes, and hair bands) are desired.
Personal hygiene items round out the list, and can range from gift baskets of soaps, sprays, perfumes, shampoo, conditioner, to hairspray or gel.
Phone Const. Steve Elms at 905-825-4747 ext. 4868 or e-mail [email protected] for more information.
All donations remain in Halton Region.