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November 14, 2005
Media Advisory - Toronto Fire Fighter and Police Toy Challenge
Tomorrow, Toronto's bravest will compete in a frantic toy grab for their
respective toy drives. Three Toronto Fire Fighters will race Toronto Police to
fill shopping carts with toys. The fastest relay team wins an additional $500
worth of toys.

Date: Tuesday, November 15
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Samko Toy Warehouse, 11 Peel Ave. (north of Queen and Dufferin

"It is terrific that Samko Toy Warehouse is once again kicking off the Toronto
Fire Fighters' and Toronto Police Toy Drives to help bring joy to children that
need," said Councillor Adam Giambrone, Ward 18 Davenport, who will attend to
cheer on all the participants.

"With tremendous support from the community, the Toy Drive is a great way for
the Toronto Fire Services to help beyond their day-to-day duties and remind
everyone about fire safety during the holiday season," said Fire Chief Bill

Firefighters receive donations two ways. People bring gifts to one of the
City's 81 fire stations or have private parties collect toys for the drive.
Off-duty and retired firefighters visit fire stations and parties collecting
these bundles of donations.

Toronto fire stations welcome new, unwrapped toys and sporting goods until
December 24. Gifts for infants and teenagers, especially sports equipment, are
in short supply.

"Throughout the holiday season and on Christmas morning, firefighters deliver
gifts to children at dozens of hospitals, shelters and agencies provided by the
Christmas Bureau," said Captain Scott Marks, President, Toronto Professional
Fire Fighters' Association, Local 3888.

Toronto Fire Services thanks Samko Toy Warehouse for offering their annual
shop-off with Police.

Check your smoke alarms, they are life-savers! For more information about fire
safety during the holiday season, visit

Media contacts:

Rick Berenz
Executive Officer
Local 3888
(cell) 416-986-4130

Captain Mike Strapko
Toronto Fire Services
(office) 416-338-9319
(pager) 416-334-5223



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