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November 26, 2012
Second annual Mayor's Toy Drive launched in Toronto today
Mayor Rob Ford and City Manager Joe Pennachetti along with a number of children acting as "honorary elves" kicked off the 2012 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. "In 2011, we collected more than 1,500 toys, gifts and gift cards. I am hopeful that we can exceed that number this year and 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 once again 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 Friday, December 21:

• 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 established toy drive programs run by Global Toronto/Toronto Fire Fighters' Toy Drive and the CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish. 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 2.7 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.

Media Contact
Isaac Ransom
Special Assistant, Communications, Office of Mayor Rob Ford

Deborah Brown
Manager, Strategic Communications



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