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This year marks the 20th anniversary of the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services Toy Drive, providing much needed support to individuals and families in need across Simcoe County.

New, unwrapped toys, non-perishable food items and gift cards (with the gift card value denoted) are still appreciated and can be dropped off at two locations in Clearview Township: Town Hall in Stayner and at the Emergency Hub at 6993 Highway 26.

In the past 19 years, the Toy Drive has collected 94,263 toys, 46,442 pounds of food and more than $222,548 for families across Simcoe County.

Online donations, new, unwrapped toys, non-perishable food items and gift cards with the value denoted will all be accepted. Online donations can be made at www.canadahelps.org/en/ charities/simcoe-county-paramedic- association/.

Clearview Township is also supporting the toy drive through the ‘Toys for Tickets’ initiative, which allows anyone who receives a parking ticket between Oct. 15 and Dec. 15 the option to pay the early fee as indicated on the ticket, or to submit a gift card or toy of equal or greater value as payment for the ticket. Residents can donate to pay a parking ticket in person at the Administration Centre. Donations will stay within Clearview, supporting local families in need.

Toys and gift cards can also be dropped off to Clearview firefighters at the tree lighting on Friday, Dec. 2.

The Creemore Echo will not be accepting food and toy donations this year but will be accepting donations of cash, cheques and Foodland gift cards for the Creemore Food Bank and the Clearview-Stayner Food Bank. Donations of gift cards to other retail stores are also welcome and will be passed on to the food banks.

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