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Firefighter toy drive gets a new look in Oakville this year

Oakville Firefighters will host a revamped toy drive this year.

On December 4, from 5 to 9 p.m., members of the public will be able to drive through Coronation Park where they are invited to drop off a gift card or toy donation, enjoy the festive lights, wave or deliver a letter to Santa.

“Although the Oakville Firefighters annual holiday toy drive will look a little different this year, the need for donations will be greater than ever with families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Oakville Fire Chief Paul Boissonneault. “While we must remain physically apart, it is important to work together as a community to ensure everyone has a happy holiday this year. Behind their masks, Oakville Firefighters will be happy to accept your letters to Santa and ensure your donations get to the homes of a deserving child.”

Along with Santa, the event will feature some other special guests, including the Oakville Fire Safety Team and Sparky the Fire Dog.

In response to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, visitors are asked to remain in their vehicle as they drive through the park to the donation area. To ensure everyone’s safety, pedestrians are not permitted in the drive through route or donation area.

Unable to attend the toy drive? The Oakville Professional Firefighters Association will be accepting gift cards, toys, and non-perishable food donations until December 18, 2020 at several locations across town.

The Coronation Park tree light installations will remain in place throughout the winter season, and a new outdoor skating rink will be installed at Coronation Park later this year, weather permitting.

For complete details on the Oakville Firefighters’ drive-thru toy drive, including traffic directions, visit the Oakville PFFA Toy Drive page.

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