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  The Annual Food and Toy Drive is Off to a Great Start

Nov 12, 2014 13:15 ET

It felt a lot more like winter today, and we believe Santa had a lot to do with it as he paid an early visit to Durham Region to help us launch our 26th Annual DRPS Food and Toy Drive. Chief Paul Martin, Chief for a Day Victoria Broomer, Deputy Chief Scott Burns, Food & Toy Drive Coordinator Cst. Paul Hawrychuk, members of DRPS, and a gymnasium full of enthusiastic children from John M. James Public School in Bowmanville were on hand to get the season of giving underway.

Chief Martin and Chief for a Day Broomer encouraged students and staff alike to give generously this season.

Food and Toy Drive coordinator Cst. Paul Hawrychuk, who has organized the Food & Toy Drive for the past six years, is always proud of Durham Region and how local residents donate to the drive. This is a great way to start our initiative this year, said Cst. Hawrychuk. Were looking forward to a busy six weeks collecting and delivering items to those families who need us across the region.

Everyone in attendance was entertained by members of the DRPS Heat band, and the schools very own Concert Band, who performed songs for the attendees.

The Food and Toy Drive works with more than 90 community agencies to deliver food and toys to thousands of families across Durham Region each year. Members of the community are encouraged to drop items off at local participating fire halls and police stations.

We would also like to thank our sponsors; without their support the success of the drive would not be possible:
Fraser Ford Sales Ltd.
Marigold Ford Lincoln
Mills Pontiac Buick
Ontario Motor Sales
Durham Kia Motors
Mercedes-Benz Durham
Menzies Chrysler
City of Oshawa Bylaw
City of Pickering
Golding Graphics Ltd.
McDonalds Family Restaurants
Municipality of Clarington
Ontario Power Generation
Swish Maintenance Limited
Williams Communications

And an additional thank you to members of both our Auxiliary and Volunteer Units for the thousands of hours they dedicate throughout the holiday season to ensure the success of the Food and Toy Drive and at community parades.

Below are attached files.
Chief Victoria, Chief Martin, Santa and Cst. Hawrychuk are ready for the season of giving (JPG file, 247.5K bytes)
Cst. Scott Dargie from the Heat band welcomes Santa (JPG file, 121.6K bytes)
Pickering Rotary Club President, and DRP Cst., Leon Presner presents a $1,000 cheque for the drive (JPG file, 146.4K bytes)
Santa high-fives some of his biggest fans (JPG file, 115.4K bytes)
Students from John M James Public School with Deputy Chief Burns, Chief Martin, Santa, Chief Victoria and Cst. Hawrychuk (JPG file, 151.8K bytes)
Chief Victoria and Cst. Hawrychuk start loading one of our vehicles (JPG file, 153.2K bytes)
Four of our generously donated vehicles were on hand at the launch (JPG file, 261.3K bytes)