Santa arrived early at OPG Darlington as staff members helped deliver a mountain of gifts and food items for the 2015 DRPS Food & Toy Drive.
For the past 15 years, staff members at OPG have made a difference in the lives of many Durham residents by making monetary donations toward items the Drive needs most. Volunteers then go shopping and present the Food & Toy Drive coordinator with enough food and toys to fill several vehicles.
The initiative is led by OPG Darlington Nuclear Children's Christmas Food & Toy Drive Chair Kim Doyle-Maloney who says this year they were able to collect over $10,000. About $2,500 of that money was donated by past and present Darlington Fitness members. Items donated this year include bikes, toys, holiday dinner packages and several items for teens and babies.
Inspector Rolf Kluem, S/Sgt. Mitch Martin and Food & Toy Coordinator Paul Hawrychuk were joined by DRPS volunteers to accept the donations. Kim Doyle-Maloney along with Director of Operations Steve Gregoris were presented with thank-you plaques to recognize the efforts of OPG employees.
If you would like to help out, please bring unwrapped toys or food to any police station in Durham Region, any fire hall in Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax or Clarington and to participating stores.The biggest need for donations is for babies and teenagers.
Priority is always given to families in need in Durham Region. If your family is in need of food or toys this holiday season, please contact a local agency or church and they will see we get your information.
A special thank you to OPG Darlington staff for their generosity!
Volunteers and Coordinators pose with the mountain of food and toys (JPG file, 525.6K bytes)
S/Sgt. Martin, Insp. Kluem & Cst. Hawrychuk present Kim Doyle-Maloney with a thank you plaque (JPG file, 581.4K bytes)
Loading up the toys (JPG file, 415.2K bytes)