Simcoe County paramedics launch 2020 Toy Drive

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2020 marks the 18th year of the County of Simcoe Paramedics Services Annual Toy Drive. Similar to so many other annual events and celebrations during COVID-19, Paramedics have adapted to public health guidelines and are delivering the 2020 Toy Drive through safe measures to continue to support those in need throughout Simcoe County.

Paramedic Greg Sharpe, the lead organizer for this year joined Jason and Carey to explain the changes:

Now more then ever, local children and families are struggling, feeling the financial pressure brought on by the pandemic. With the need remaining great, the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services has re-imagined the Toy Drive. They will continue to accept donations of new, unwrapped toys or gift cards (please make sure the value is noted on the card or envelope) at paramedic stations this year, they are also encouraging people to consider donating online, using this link.  

Physical items will be quarantined and/or disinfected prior to processing, as per infection control recommendations from Public Health officials.

Over the last 17 years, the Toy Drive has collected 84,265 toys, 37,180 lbs of food and more than $172,250 in monetary and gift card donations for families across Simcoe County.

"At the best of times, the holidays can be exceptionally stressful for families in need," said Warden George Cornell. “Given the challenges that so many of our residents continue to face during this pandemic, we anticipate that the impact of community generosity will be even greater this year. We are grateful to our residents and businesses for your continued support, and thankful to our Paramedics, who have faced COVID-19 head on, and remain committed to volunteering their time to support our communities.”

All Toy Drive donations are distributed to local children and families in need by charitable organizations working in partnership with County of Simcoe Paramedic Services. Residents are asked for their continued generosity and support in helping those most in need in our region.

Donations of non-perishable food items and new, unwrapped toys can also be made at the County of Simcoe Administration Centre, 1110 Highway 26 in Midhurst between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and at all County of Simcoe Paramedic Stations, where outdoor drop boxes are available.

COUNTY OF SIMCOE PARAMEDIC STATIONS:

  • Alliston - 6933 Industrial Parkway, Alliston
  • Angus - 1 Tree Top Street, Angus
  • Barrie Simcoe Emergency Services Campus - 110 Fairview Drive, Barrie
  • Barrie North - 667 Bayfield Street, Barrie
  • Barrie Tiffin - 113 Tiffin Street, Barrie
  • Beeton - 51 Main Street East, Beeton
  • Bradford - 170 Artesian Industrial Parkway, Units 6 & 7, Bradford​
  • Coldwater - 1 Firehall Lane, Coldwater
  • Collingwood - 169 St. Paul Street, Collingwood
  • Craighurst - 2298 Horseshoe Valley Road, Oro-Medonte
  • Elmvale - 17 Allenwood Road, Elmvale
  • Midland - 395 Cranston Crescent, Midland
  • Orillia - 68 West Street, Orillia
  • Stayner - 6993 Highway 26, Stayner
  • Stroud - 2394 Victoria Street West, Stroud
  • Wasaga Beach - 23 Oxbow Park Road, Wasaga Beach
  • Washago - 401 Anchor Drive, Severn

In addition to the above, stores across the county will also be accepting gift card donations. For an up-to-date list, visit simcoe.ca/toydrive. Please ensure the value is listed on the gift card to assist with processing and distribution.

County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca.