Muskoka Post Staff
GRAVENHURST - The Gravenhurst Fire Department is giving back and set to kick off their fourth Annual Toy Drive.
The jolly old man is set to descend on Gravenhurst and firefighters are anxiously preparing to help him out once again this year.
The Gravenhurst Santa Claus Parade, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce is set for Saturday Nov. 23, and your local firefighters will be leading off the parade with their 4th Annual Toy Drive in support of Santa and the Salvation Army.
“All kids need to have a present under their tree on Christmas morning, so we’re helping Santa and the Salvation Army by collecting new, unwrapped toys along the parade route. The Salvation Army will be distributing the toys later, as part of their annual Christmas efforts, after checking with Santa of course to see whose been naughty or nice,” said Danielle Ryan, a Gravenhurst firefighter who is spearheading the departments toy drive.
“We really value making a difference in the community and each year we continue to see an increase in the generosity of our donors. I hope we can continue to provide many children joy this Christmas with the donations we receive,” said Ryan.
Gravenhurst Firefighters will also be out in advance of the parade this year collecting toys at Canadian Tire on Sunday Nov. 10 between 10 a.m and 2 p.m to give people who can’t attend the parade the opportunity to participate in this year’s toy drive.
“While there is a need for all types of toys for all ages, we ask that people consider puzzles, games, and books for older children as well when making their donations,” Ryan said “We will accept any and all donations, with everything going directly to our local chapter of the Salvation Army here in town. It really is a great opportunity to see the community join forces and support each other on a local level.“
All donations are welcome, and 100 per cent of the contributions go directly to the Salvation Army in Gravenhurst.