Guelph firefighters collecting toys at fire stations

Guelph, Ont., Wednesday, December 7, 2016 – For more than 40 years, Guelph’s firefighters have volunteered their time to distribute Christmas hampers on behalf of the Salvation Army Guelph Citadel.

This year, the fire service is increasing its commitment to helping individuals and families in need.

“Opening our fire halls to accept toys for children in Guelph is one way we can be part of the magic of the season and hopefully put a smile on the face of a child on Christmas morning,” says Guelph Fire Chief John Osborne.

Gifts of new, unwrapped toys for infants and children and $25 gift cards for teens can be dropped off at any one of the City’s six fire stations as part of the Salvation Army Toy Drive. Needed items include new toys for boys and girls in the age groups zero to two and seven to 11.

Donations will be accepted until Sunday, December 18. The fire stations are located at:

  • 50 Wyndham Street South
  • 74 Speedvale Avenue East
  • 115 Stone Road West
  • 21 Imperial Road South
  • 380 Elizabeth Street
  • 160 Clair Road West

According to the Salvation Army, one in seven Canadian children live in poverty, which means each year thousands of children go to bed on Christmas Eve not knowing if there will be any toys under the tree in the morning.

“Every child deserves to have something under their Christmas tree,” says Major Les Marshall, territorial secretary for Public Relations and Development. “We couldn’t extend our reach as wide as we do without the help of our partners and supporters. We are truly grateful to all who help us put a smile on the face of less fortunate children on Christmas morning.”

Last year, more than 85,000 children across Canada received toys from the Salvation Army at Christmas. In Guelph, 1,034 food hampers were distributed to families in need as well as 800 children receiving toys and 290 teens receiving $25 gift cards as part of the toy drive distribution.

Businesses or groups looking to get involved in the hamper or toy drive, can contact the Salvation Army at 519-836-9824.

For more information

John Osborne
Chief, Guelph Fire Department
519-822-1260 extension 2140