'Tis the season to help out.
The annual Fill an Ambulance Toy Drive is being held on Saturday, Nov. 25 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cochrane District EMS and Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board (CDSSAB) staff will be set up in front of the main entrance doors of Canadian Tire and Walmart.
Donations of new, unwrapped toys, gifts or cash for children and youth ages zero to 18 years old are being accepted. Baby and teen items are always needed.
The items are used to support children and youth who are receiving services through the North Eastern Ontario Family and Children's Services (NEOFACS) community angel campaign.
"We've always had amazing support from our community, they're so generous in helping make this event a success. Last year we managed to collect just over $4,000 in cash donations and enough gifts to fill two ambulances," said Derrick Cremin, Cochrane District paramedic commander, in a news release.
"This year we're hoping to do it again and help out as many children and youth as possible. It's so important that we come together as a community to help families in need."
Each year, NEOFACS volunteer co-ordinator Karen Poitras said the donations fulfill the wishlists for hundreds of children and youth.
“While toys for younger kids are always welcomed, there is also a demand for items to meet the basic needs of older youth who may be living independently or preparing to transition to adulthood such as clothing or personal hygiene and household items," she said.
For more information or to donate, contact Cremin at 705-268-7722 ext. 287 or [email protected].