Students at Lakeside PS helped kick-off the 30th Anniversary of the DRPS annual Food and Toy Drive Wednesday in Ajax.
Boxes of food and toys generously donated by the community filled the stage and was loaded up into vehicles destined for those in need this holiday season.
Chief Paul Martin and Chief-for-a-Day winner Olivia Baker, Co-ordinator Cst. Darryl Rice and CTV news anchor Ken Shaw thanked the students for their generosity and spoke about the importance of giving back to the community. Principal Lisa Hill and VP Mary Jane Corradetti also thanked the school for showing their kindness and compassion for those in need this season.
The DRP musical band "The Heat" got the crowd excited by performing holiday songs as they eagerly awaited the guest of honour. Santa entered the gym and danced along with the students as Chief Martin, Chief Olivia, and members of DRPS handed out candy canes to everyone.
The Food and Toy Drive began in 1989 and 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 community agencies.
Donations can be dropped off at any DRPS Division, Regional Headquarters, or 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. They contributed over 2,400 hours of work in 2017 and covered more than 25,000 km delivering food and toys.
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 and Fraser Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep
-Marigold Ford and Lincoln
-Mercedes Benz of Durham
We would also like to thank the many local businesses and fire halls that set up donation boxes for us every year:
-Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, Clarington, Port Perry and Scugog
-The Police Credit Union
-Superstore-Whitby and Oshawa
-Sobey's-Ajax,Whitby and Oshawa
-Canadian Tire-Whitby North
Businesses or individuals wishing to make large donations can contact the organizers at email@example.com.
Check out our Food and Toy Drive video here: here.
Chief Martin, Chief Olivia and Cst. Rice (JPG file, 1,598.0K bytes)
Chief for a Day Olivia (JPG file, 2,257.2K bytes)
Handing out candy canes (JPG file, 1,671.2K bytes)
Cst. Rice thanks the partners (JPG file, 1,726.1K bytes)
Ken Shaw from CTV (JPG file, 1,775.0K bytes)
The Heat performs (JPG file, 1,421.1K bytes)
Santa Arrives (JPG file, 1,561.8K bytes)
Cst. Dargie of the Heat (JPG file, 1,852.0K bytes)
Food and Toy Drive Partners (JPG file, 1,969.3K bytes)
Lakeside Principal and VP with Cst. Rice and Chief Olivia (JPG file, 1,499.1K bytes)