Port Colborne firefighters hosting toy drive for Port Cares
The Standard

Port Colborne Fire and Emergency Services protects the people in its city but it also supports them through charitable efforts.

One example of this is the upcoming Fill the Truck toy drive, an effort that will collect items for Port Cares, the city’s primary agency serving needy and vulnerable people in the area.

A drive-thru event will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 23, at the fire department’s headquarters at 3 Killaly St. W.

Individuals can pull up and unload their vehicles of donations from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Organizers are asking the Port Colborne community to donate unwrapped toys for children from infants to age 18, as well as non-perishable food items.

People who are unable to attend next week’s event can drop off toys or food items at the fire hall Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Residents can also find firefighters collecting donations Dec. 4 at the reverse Santa Claus Parade at H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park, starting at 6:30 p.m.

If these alternative options still don’t work for donors’ schedules, items can still be dropped off whenever it’s convenient, said Fire Chief Scott Lawson.

“We can pretty much take anything 24/7,” he said, noting that donations can be left in the front mezzanine of the fire department’s main site at all hours.

The toy drive has been held annually for six years.

For more information, call 905-835-2900 ext. 403.

Recently, Port Colborne High School’s Broken Spoke program donated a number of refurbished bicycles to the toy drive.

Registration to receive toys through Port Cares is open until Dec. 17

People who meet the criteria to register can fill out a wish list for children up to age 18 in their household and the agency’s “elves” will put together a pre-packed bag to wrap and put under the tree.

Proof of income and identification for the children and caregiver will be needed when picking up items. Registration is available through an online form.

After filling out a registration, a pick-up time arranged. Questions can be directed to karen.wilcox@portcares.ca or 905-401-3499.

“We thank everyone in the community who donates toys to us this time of year so that we can provide this heartwarming service to those in-need,” said Port Cares on its social media pages.


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