SAULT STE. MARIE – The Toys for Tickets campaign begins on November 1 in Sault Ste. Marie.
The program gives people the choice of paying for their parking ticket with a new toy that will then be donated to kids in need.
"Tis the season to give and it's a great thing," said one resident.
"I think the children need it and the parents and I just think it’s a good idea," said another.
Anyone who receives a parking ticket between November 1 and December 1 can bring in an unwrapped toy with the receipt.
The toys will go towards the city's annual Stuff a Bus fundraiser, where local transit drivers transport donated toys and canned good to the Christmas Cheer Depot.
"Not only will we have the toys that we collect on a regular basis, now the toys that will be collected from this program will also go to help fill up a 40 foot bus," said Brent Lamming, City of Sault Ste. Marie.
"I think it's a great opportunity for the city of Sault Ste. Marie to help out more during the Christmas time, which is such an important time of year for a lot of families in need," expressed Nicole Maione, City of Sault Ste. Marie.
Officials say while the city will lose some money as a result, they are happy to do something for a good cause.
"If it was every single ticket paid by the program, then we'd have to revisit that. But that would be a good problem to have with all the toys that would be filling the bus," says Lamming.
People can bring their parking ticket and unwrapped toy to the transit office on Huron Street.
Toys must be brought in before December 13 to qualify.