Toys for Tickets has returned in its virtual format for the 2021 holiday season. The program offers motorists who receive a parking ticket under $100 between November 17 and December 1 (inclusive) the opportunity to make a contribution to the toy drive in lieu of payment.
Contactless contributions will be accepted online at Oshawa.ca/payticket on December 1, 2, and 3.
All contributions will go to the Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) Food and Toy Drive for the purchase and distribution of toys to local families in need during the holiday season.
The 33rd DRPS Food and Toy Drive also encourages local businesses, organizations and individuals to donate food and toys, which are then picked up by volunteers, sorted and distributed to members of the community.
Donations can be dropped off at any DRPS Division, Regional Headquarters in Whitby, Clarington Fire Headquarters or any fire station in Oshawa, Whitby or Ajax.
DRPS is encouraging community members to try and attend one of several outdoor Cram-A-Cruiser events taking place across the region to drop off food and toys this year. Each event will run from 10 am until 2 pm and a list of dates and locations is below:
- Saturday Dec 4-Costco Oshawa
- Sunday Dec 5-Sobeys Oshawa and Fresco Bowmanville
- Saturday Dec 11-Superstore Whitby, Superstore Ajax, Superstores of Oshawa, Loblaws Pickering, Loblaws Bowmanville and Bargain Shop Oshawa
- Sunday Dec 12-Liz’s No Frills -Oshawa
- Saturday Dec 18-Canadian Tires of Whitby and Oshawa North
Donations can also be made at the front vestibules at any DRPS divisions, with the exception of Regional Headquarters which is still closed to the public. They can also be dropped off at Clarington Fire Headquarters or any fire station in Oshawa, Whitby and Ajax.
Businesses or individuals wishing to make large donations can contact the organizers, including the coordinator Cst. Darryl Rice, at firstname.lastname@example.org.