How a parking ticket can give a kid a Christmas

You can pay with a new, unwrapped toy

Orillia’s Annual Toys for Tickets campaign is underway.

Everyone who receives a parking ticket between now and December 1 can pay the fine by donating a toy of equal or greater value. (The only exceptions are tickets given out for illegal parking in accessible spots).

More than $35-thousand dollars worth of toys has been donated since the program began 14 years ago.

Toys collected will be donated to the local chapter of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the Child Advocacy Centre Simcoe/Muskoka.

“The Society of St. Vincent de Paul helped 60 families last Christmas thanks to the City of Orillia’s ‘Toys for Tickets’ initiative. Almost 150 children in the Orillia area were the recipients of this generous campaign. We are grateful to the City of Orillia again this year as we continue to help families during Christmas time,” said Tara Treash, President of St. Vincent de Paul, Guardian Angels.

“The Child Advocacy Centre Simcoe/Muskoka is thrilled to be part of such an innovative program in the City of Orillia – what a great way to give to kids in need! The City of Orillia has been home to our Centre since 2014, and the Toys for Tickets program shows, once again, what a supportive community this is – thank you,” said Tracy Carter, Executive Director of the Child Advocacy Centre Simcoe/Muskoka

To donate, take your parking ticket along with an unwrapped toy in its original packaging and proof of purchase to the Treasury Department on the first floor of the Orillia City Centre during regular business hours by Monday, December 2. The value of the toy must be equal to, or exceed, the amount owing on the fine.

For more information on the Toys for Tickets campaign visit or call 705-325-1311.