The Oakville Professional Firefighters Association is proud to launch its annual holiday toy drive for the 28th year, with the goal of giving every local child an opportunity to enjoy a gift of their own this holiday season. The drive will kick off at the Oakville Virtual Santa Claus Parade on November 21 and will continue through Friday, December 18. This has been a challenging year for many in our community. Based on emerging information, the need is expected to be 30 percent higher than in prior years. Oakville’s firefighters are hopeful that together with the community, we can meet this rising challenge in a safe, responsible way.
The collection, sorting and distribution of physical toys and gifts involve large amounts of contact. Normally, volunteers spend hundreds of hours in close proximity sorting and packing items. To help protect the safety of our donors, our volunteers and the children we support, this year we ask for donations of gift cards and monetary contributions. For those wishing to donate a physical item, we encourage you to order your gift online or arrange delivery.
“While we all aim to remain physically apart, the holiday season is an opportunity for our community to come together in spirit and celebrate our traditions in new ways that respect the safety of this wonderful community,” said Kurt Merriman, Toy Drive Chair, Oakville Professional Firefighters Association. “In this time of tremendous need and challenge, I am confident that the generosity of Oakville residents will help ensure every local child can receive a gift this year.”
“The holidays are a special and important time for families, especially as many face additional challenges and hardship this year,” said Pam Damoff, Member of Parliament; Oakville North—Burlington. “We are grateful for the support of the Oakville Professional Firefighters Association and to the entire Oakville Community, as we anticipate this will be one of the most critical years in toy drive history given the need we are seeing.”
The toy drive has no expenses or overhead, 100% of all donations are converted to gift cards and provided to children in need in our community.
How to donate:
Fire stations are currently closed to the public due to COVID-19, however, the following donation options are available:
1. Donate by sending an Interac eTransfer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Autodeposit is enabled – no password required
2. Donate by mailing gift cards or cheques addressed to:
OAKVILLE PFFA TOY DRIVE
Oakville Fire Station 7
2010 Joshua’s Creek Drive
(Make cheques payable to “Oakville PFFA Toy Drive”)
3. Drop off a gift card or physical gift at:
• Oakville Town Hall
• Town of Oakville Community Centres
• Town of Oakville Public Library Branches (Downtown Oakville location: 120 Navy St.)
• Budds’ Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC
4. Order items from any retailer online and have them shipped to our receiving point:
Re: Toy Drive
Budds’ Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC
410 S Service Road West