Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive in Parksville a rousing success

Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort general manager Paul Drummond, right, and SOS executive director Susanna Newton with some of the gifts left during the resort’s annual Toy Drive. (Peter McCully photo)Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort general manager Paul Drummond, right, and SOS executive director Susanna Newton with some of the gifts left during the resort’s annual Toy Drive. (Peter McCully photo)
Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort general manager Paul Drummond, right, SOS executive director Susanna Newton and members of the Tigh-Na-Mara staff, with some of the gifts left during the resort’s annual Toy Drive. (Peter McCully photo)Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort general manager Paul Drummond, right, SOS executive director Susanna Newton and members of the Tigh-Na-Mara staff, with some of the gifts left during the resort’s annual Toy Drive. (Peter McCully photo)
Chef Eric Edwards and members of the Tigh-Na-Mara breakfast team with donations to the annual toy drive. Resort staff made donations to a bike fund, resulting in a total of 16 bikes. (Peter McCully photo)Chef Eric Edwards and members of the Tigh-Na-Mara breakfast team with donations to the annual toy drive. Resort staff made donations to a bike fund, resulting in a total of 16 bikes. (Peter McCully photo)

The annual Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive has been a rousing success even during challenging conditions.

Wednesday’s revamped ‘drive through’ event was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, but members of the community have still stepped up in a big way.

The annual Toy Drive benefits the Society of Organized Services (District 69) Caring for Community at Christmas program which ensures youth find a special gift under the tree at Christmas, and grocery store gift cards to families.

In terms of donations from a breakfast promotion that began Nov. 2, organizers have collected $2,385 in gift cards and $8,572 in cash/cheques. Tigh-Na-Mara has sold 270 traditional breakfasts, so their $10 donation from each will be $2,700, for a total of $13,657.

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Tigh-Na-Mara also started an employee donation program, where staff could donate to a bike fund, the result was 16 bikes for a total of 1,224 toys and 16 bikes.

“Spectacular,” said Lissa Alexander, marketing co-ordinator for SOS. “I know it will create so many smiles this Christmas in our community.”

— NEWS Staff

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