Orillia Toys For Tickets Rakes in Over a Grand in Donations

Local Society of St. Vincent de Paul Chapter To Benefit From Festive Fines

A few parking tickets are making for a better holiday season for some.

The annual Toys For Tickets campaign in Orillia raised over $1,100 for local kids. The effort allows those with parking tickets to pay it off via a toy donation of equal or greater value to the ticket.

“Since 2006, the City of Orillia has been turning parking tickets into toys to help families in need,” said Mayor Steve Clarke. “No one likes getting a parking ticket, but knowing you are able to turn that negative experience into joy and excitement for a child over the holidays makes it meaningful. Thank you to everyone who donated a toy to this year’s Toys for Tickets campaign.”

The toys will be donated to the local chapter of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Over the past 13 years, the City of Orillia’s Toys for Tickets campaign has seen about $35,000 in toys donated in lieu of payment.