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  Helping Those In Need This Holiday Season

Nov 15, 2017 13:47 ET

There were smiles all around as hundreds of students helped kick off the 29th Annual DRPS Food and Toy Drive in Oshawa Wednesday morning.

Members of DRPS and school board officials gathered at Dr. S.J. Phillips PS to officially launch this year's drive which was hosted by CTV news anchor Ken Shaw. Chief Paul Martin and Chief-for-a-Day winner Aruba Kashif thanked the students for their generosity and spoke about the importance of giving back to the community. DRPS Deputy Chris Fernandes, Inspector Bruce Townley and Food Drive Co-ordinator Darryl Rice were also in attendance.

Members of "The Heat" band had the crowd clapping and singing along to holiday songs as they anxiously awaited the arrival of Santa Claus. Much to the delight of the students, the jolly man arrived with candy canes in hand for everyone.

The Food and Toy Drive provides thousands of families in need in Durham Region with food and toys for the holiday season. Throughout the months of November and December local businesses, organizations and individuals donate food and toys, which are then picked up by volunteers, sorted and distributed to more than 100 community agencies.

Donations can be dropped off at any DRPS Division, Regional Headquarters, and any Fire Station in Oshawa, Whitby, Clarington and Ajax.

A special thank you goes to the many volunteers who will help with the Food and Toy Drive this year. Last year over 150 volunteers contributed more than 2,400 hours of work getting the donations to those in need. They travelled over 25, 000 kilometres delivering items just in time for the holidays in vehicles generously donated by local dealers.

The Food and Toy Driver organizers wish to thank these organizations for the generosity and support:

-Mills GMC and Buick
-Ontario Motor Sales
-Gus Brown GMC and Buick
-Fraser Ford/Fraser Dodge
- Marigold Ford and Lincoln
- Durham Kia
- Mercedes Benz of Durham
- Menzies Chrysler
- Rio-Can Developments and 5pts Mall, Oshawa
- Swish Quality Cleaning Products
- Cardinal Boxes
-McDonalds Restaurants of Oshawa and Clarington
-Burger King Restaurants of Oshawa

DRPS would also like to thank the many local businesses and fire halls that set up donation boxes for us every year.

Businesses or individuals wishing to make large donations can contact the organizers at

Below are attached files.
Food and Toy Launch (JPG file, 430.9K bytes)
The Heat Band Performs (JPG file, 1,268.8K bytes)
CTV News Anchor Ken Shaw (JPG file, 960.0K bytes)
Special Visit From Santa (JPG file, 1,236.4K bytes)
No Candy Canes Left in Chief Martin's Basket! (JPG file, 581.9K bytes)