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Generosity fuels another successful Toy Drive


Midhurst/ December 23, 2016 – County of Simcoe Paramedic Services wrapped up its 14th annual Toy Drive having collected 5,959 toys, 3,886 lbs of food, and $15,818.95 in cash and gift cards.

"I can't say enough about our generous residents and business and the amazing efforts of our Paramedics who make the Toy Drive possible each year," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "Because of your kindness and compassion, this Christmas will be special for children and families in need in our communities."

There were two large monetary donations of $1,000 made this year by Barrie Ford and Arnott Construction LTD.

With this year's totals, the Toy Drive has collected more than 67,000 toys, 20,000 lbs of food, and approximately to $126,000 in monetary and gift card donations for families across Simcoe County over the last 14 years.

All Toy Drive donations are distributed to local children and families in need by charitable organizations working in partnership with Simcoe County Paramedic Services. Charities supported by the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services Toy Drive include the Barrie & District Christmas Cheer, Salvation Army, Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions, Holy Martyrs of Japan, Coldwater Sharing Place, Elmvale Food Bank, Wasaga Beach Food Bank and Wasaga Beach Kinnettes.

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

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Allan Greenwood
Director, Corporate Communications 
705-726-9300 ext. 1230
705-794-9301 (mobile)

Collin Matanowitsch
Communications Co-ordinator
705-726-9300 ext. 1430
705-734-8386 (mobile)