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.
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