UPDATE: Community rallies behind 14th Annual Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive

Donors drop off gifts at the Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive, benefitting the SOS Caring for Community at Christmas program. The gifts will fill the SOS Toy Shop, where parents and grandparents in need will shop for free for their children. (Lissa Alexander photo)Donors drop off gifts at the Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive, benefitting the SOS Caring for Community at Christmas program. The gifts will fill the SOS Toy Shop, where parents and grandparents in need will shop for free for their children. (Lissa Alexander photo)
Guests at the Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive enjoy breakast after dropping of their donation to the SOS Caring for Community at Christmas program. (Lissa Alexander photo)Guests at the Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive enjoy breakast after dropping of their donation to the SOS Caring for Community at Christmas program. (Lissa Alexander photo)
SOS board chair Jennifer Mullett (left) and SOS executive director Susanna Newton stand with Santa and Tigh-Na-Mara general manager Paul Drummond in front of toys donated by guests at the Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive. The gifts will help fill the SOS Toy Shop where parents and grandparents who need extra support this year can shop for free. (Lissa Alexander photo)SOS board chair Jennifer Mullett (left) and SOS executive director Susanna Newton stand with Santa and Tigh-Na-Mara general manager Paul Drummond in front of toys donated by guests at the Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive. The gifts will help fill the SOS Toy Shop where parents and grandparents who need extra support this year can shop for free. (Lissa Alexander photo)
(Michael Briones photo)(Michael Briones photo)
(Michael Briones photo)(Michael Briones photo)
(Michael Briones photo)(Michael Briones photo)
(Michael Briones photo)(Michael Briones photo)

The weather was cold outside but inside Parksville’s Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Resort, there were lots of warm hearts.

Community members endured the snow and slushy conditions to rally behind the 14th Annual Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive on Nov. 30.

People came in bearing a variety of unwrapped toys while some opened their wallets to make cash donations, offered gift cards as well non-perishable food items. All the generous donors were treated to a tasty buffet breakfast.

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The toy drive supports the Society of Organized Services (District 69) Caring for the Community at Christmas program. It is a way of making the holiday season happy and bright as they will have a special gift this Christmas and families receiving grocery gift cards.

Organizers said it was a successful Toy Drive as they’ve collected more donations this year compared to the last two years. The event generated $15,462.56 in cash and cheque donations and gift cards amounting to $4,105 for a total of $19,567.56. There were 1,416 toys and 25 bicycles collected.

— NEWS Staff

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