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December 3, 2013
Third annual Mayor's Toy Drive launched in Toronto today
Mayor Rob Ford and City Manager Joe Pennachetti kicked off the 2013 Mayor's Toy Drive today. Together, they accepted the first donations to the campaign and began to fill the Toronto City Hall donation box.

"This is a great start to the toy drive," said Mayor Ford. "Over the last two years, we have collected more than 3,000 toys, gifts and gift cards. I am hopeful that this number will continue to grow and that we can make this a festive and memorable Christmas for everyone in Toronto."

"City staff have a long history of giving back to the community," noted Pennachetti. "I know that as we did last year, staff will embrace this initiative with enthusiasm."

Residents and City staff are encouraged to drop off new, unwrapped toys, gifts and gift cards to any of the following toy drive collection locations, during operating hours, until Tuesday, December 24:

• City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.
• Metro Hall, 55 John St.
• Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall
• North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.
• East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave.
• Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.
• York Civic Centre, 2700 Eglinton Ave. W.

The toys, gifts and gift cards collected will be distributed through the CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish and the Global Television (Toronto) toy drives. Donations will help provide a festive Christmas for Toronto children and families who might not otherwise have one.

All toy and gift donations are appreciated. There is typically a shortage of gifts for infants and teenagers. Gift cards for grocery and department stores help to make the holidays enjoyable for families who need assistance.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media Contact
Dan Jacobs
Chief of Staff, Office of Mayor Rob Ford

Deborah Brown
Manager, Strategic Communications
416-919-6501 (cell)



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