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December 2, 2011
Mayor launches City Toy Drive today
Mayor Rob Ford and Toronto City Manager Joseph Pennachetti along with a few young helpers kicked off the 2011 City of Toronto Toy Drive in the City Hall Rotunda today.

Together they started building the first pile of toys to be collected over the next few weeks. "I hope to see this small pile of gifts grow into a giant pile of toys," said Mayor Ford. "It's our goal to help make this holiday season a festive and memorable one for everyone."

Residents and City staff are encouraged to drop off new, unwrapped toys and gift cards to any of the following toy drive collection locations, during operating hours, until Friday, December 23:

• 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 and gift cards collected will be equally distributed through established toy drive programs run by Global Toronto/Toronto Firefighters and CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish. Donations will help Toronto children and families in need during the holidays.

All toy donations are appreciated. It should be noted that there is typically a shortage of toys for boys and pre-teen boys and girls. Gift cards for grocery and department stores also go a long way to help make the holidays enjoyable for families who need help.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 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.

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Kim Mckinnon
Manager, Strategic Communications



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