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'Toys for Tickets' raised over $2,000 for local kids

The campaign invited every person who received a parking ticket (with the exception of accessible parking violations) in the City of Orillia during the month of November to pay the fine amount by donating a new children’s toy of equal or greater value
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CITY OF ORILLIA
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Parking tickets were turned into holiday cheer this morning as Coun. Pat Hehn presented over $2,000 in children’s toys from the 2017 Toys for Tickets campaign to the local chapter of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

“Thank you to everyone who chose to turn their parking tickets into a new children’s toy. Your donation makes the holiday season brighter for local families in need,” said Coun. Hehn, who presented the toys on behalf of mayor and council. “The Toys for Tickets campaign has become a tradition in Orillia and has brought so much joy to Orillia children over the years.”

Toys for Tickets invited every person who received a parking ticket (with the exception of accessible parking violations) in the City of Orillia between Nov. 1 and Dec. 1, 2017, to pay the fine amount by donating a new children’s toy of equal or greater value.

"There are many families in our Orillia community who struggle financially. The time leading up to Christmas places extra financial stress on these parents and families. Each year there seems to be a growing need for Christmas assistance,” said Tara Treash, president of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Orillia Conference. "The Toys for Tickets campaign helps us out tremendously as we try to ease the burden of gift-giving for these families. We graciously thank the City of Orillia for their generous contributions from its Toys for Tickets campaign. Thank you for helping us help others."

Over the past 12 years, the City of Orillia Toys for Tickets campaign has generated approximately $34,000 worth of new toys in lieu of payment for parking tickets. The City of Orillia is a city of 31,000 people in the heart of Ontario’s Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Visit our website for more information.

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