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County of Simcoe Paramedic Services Kick Off 19th Annual Toy Drive

 

Midhurst/November 12, 2021 – This morning, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services kicked off the 2021 Toy Dri​​ve to support families in need throughout Simcoe County. Similar to 2020, Paramedics have adapted to public health guidelines and are encouraging residents to consider donating 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 value denoted will also be accepted and can be dropped off at one of the locations listed below.

Over the past 18 years, the Toy Drive has collected 87,524 toys, 42,773 lbs of food and more than $200,890 in monetary and gift card donations for families across Simcoe County.

“Each year I'm amazed by the kindness and generosity of residents, Paramedics, businesses and organizations from across Simcoe County, who continue to step up in support of those in need in our communities," said Warden George Cornell. “We have all seen first hand the many ways that residents have struggled throughout the past 18 months. Feelings of being isolated, alone, and financially depleted have had dramatic impacts on so many. Events like the County of Simcoe Paramedic Toy Drive help to bring people together towards a common goal – to make a child smile on Christmas morning, and to restore a family's faith in themselves."

DONATION LOCATIONS:
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, including Simcoe Manor, 5988 Main Street East in Beeton, will also be accepting donations and pop up collection points may be in a community near you. 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

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CONTA​CTS

Collin Matanowitsch
Manager, Public Relations
County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department
705-734-8386 (mobile)​
Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca

Jen Straw
Public Relations Consultant
County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department
705-790-5979 (mobile)
Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca