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County of Simcoe Paramedic Services celebrate 20 years of giving back


Midhurst/November 18​, 2022 – 2022 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.

As residents feel the financial pinch of the holiday season, Paramedics continue to remind everyone that a little can go a long way, and are encouraging residents to consider donating whatever they can afford virtually by visiting https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/simcoe-county-paramedic-association/. 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 one of the locations listed below.

Over the previous 19 years, the Toy Drive has collected 94,263 toys, 46,442 lbs of food and more than $222,548 in monetary and gift card donations for families across Simcoe County.

“What started as a desire to help residents who may be struggling to provide their children with the Christmas​ they deserve has turned into a movement that County of Simcoe Paramedics have embraced and continue to drive forward," said Warden George Cornell. “I commend our Paramedics for recognizing this need and taking action, and I thank the generous residents of Simcoe County for their ongoing support of our Toy Drive."​

County of Simcoe Administration Centre, 1110 Highway 26 in Midhurst between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and at the following County of Simcoe Paramedic Stations, where outdoor drop boxes are available:

  • 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
  • Penetanguishene - 10 Robert Street West, Penetanguishene
  • 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, many locations across the county will also be accepting donations and pop-up collection points may be in a community near you, including the following:

Friday, November 18, 2022

  • ​Collingwood Walmart ~ 5 to 8 p.m.

​Saturday, November 19, 2022

  • Collingwood Walmart ~ 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Collingwood Santa Claus Parade ~ 5 to 6 p.m.
  • Orillia Santa Claus Parade ~ 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Angus Santa Claus Parade ~ 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Alliston Santa Claus Parade ~ 6 to 7 p.m.

For an up-to-date list, visit simcoe.ca/toydrive.

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

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Jen Straw
Public Relations Consultant
County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department
705-790-5979 (mobile)

Collin Matanowitsch
Manager, Public Relations
County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department
705-734-8386 (mobile)