Toys for Tickets raises over $5,000 in toys for kids in Orillia

Five local charities will benefit

The scowls generally associated with a parking ticket were turned into smiles today in Orillia.

Mayor Steve Clarke presented more than $5,000 in children’s toys from the 2019 Toys for Tickets campaign to five local charities – Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Child Advocacy Centre Simcoe/Muskoka, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Salvation Army and Couchiching Jubilee House.

People were given the option, this year, to donate the dollar amount owing on their parking ticket or donate a toy of equal value. The option to donate the amount owing on the fine resulted in a higher number of people choosing to participate in the program.

“I’d like to thank everyone who took part in the 2019 Toys for Tickets program – our best year to date. By choosing to donate the amount owing on your parking fine to Toys for Tickets, you made a huge difference in the lives of so many local families this holiday season. Thank you,” said Mayor Steve Clarke.

Toys for Tickets invited everyone who received a parking ticket (with the exception of accessible parking violations) in the City of Orillia between Nov. 1 and Dec. 1, 2019, to pay the fine amount by donating a new children’s toy of equal or greater value.

The five local charities will use the donated funds and toys to provide Christmas presents to families in need within our community. 

Over the past 14 years, the City of Orillia Toys for Tickets campaign has generated approximately $40,000 worth of new toys in lieu of payment for parking tickets.

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