A City’s Spirit of Generosity: 4th Annual City of Vaughan Toy Drive

‘Tis the Season with an Attitude of Gratitude!

I want to express my most sincere thanks to the entire community for their continued support of the City of Vaughan toy drive in partnership with the CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish – a program that helps put a smile on a child’s face during the holiday season.

An annual tradition since 2010, we kicked off this year’s toy drive at St. Cecilia Catholic Elementary School with an exciting event that was broadcast live on CP24 Breakfast Television. Students, staff and parents organized an incredible event filled with meaningful and energetic performances. In a very personal way, I want to thank the St. Cecilia school community for their outstanding efforts in hosting this event. The generous and compassionate nature of our residents is truly inspiring and I know it means a lot to families in our community and beyond who need assistance.

The holiday season is a time of reflection, a time to remind ourselves of how fortunate we are to live in a place where generosity and compassion are demonstrated every day in every way by people who understand the need to come together to help others. I believe that a healthy and vibrant city thrives on the support of the entire community.

I am very proud of this city-wide campaign, which helps to ensure that no child is left without a gift on Christmas. More than 8,000 toys were donated in 2012 and I am confident that we will have another successful year of bringing smiles to the faces of thousands of kids.

How you can support someone in need

I encourage you to lend your support by donating a new, unwrapped toy for children aged newborn to 18, remembering that children of all ages are in need this holiday season.

Toys can be dropped off at any of the following Vaughan locations:

Before Monday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m.
Community centres
Fire stations
Joint Operations Centre (2800 Rutherford Rd.)
Public libraries


Before Wednesday, Dec. 11 at noon
Vaughan City Hall2141 Major Mackenzie Dr., main lobby

For schools

If you are a school in the City of Vaughan and want to participate in the toy drive, click here for more information.

For businesses

If you are a business operating in the City of Vaughan and want to participate in the toy drive by collecting donations, click here for more information.

For organizations

If you are an organization in Vaughan that requires toys, email toydrive@vaughan.ca or call the City of Vaughan at 905-832-2281 and we will make arrangements for toy distribution.

Let’s make this year even more successful and give children and families across the city an opportunity to have a very happy holiday season.

Once again, thank you for your generosity.

Yours sincerely,

Hon. Maurizio Bevilacqua, P.C.

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