The City of Kingston will not be collecting toys this year for November parking tickets, but will instead make a one-time contribution of $6,850 to a local toy drive.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in an effort to limit contact, the City will forgo the usual Toys for Tickets program, according to a release from the City, dated Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. The program, in place since 2005, allows those who receive parking tickets in November to “pay” for them with a toy that is donated to a local toy drive.
“Toys for Tickets is a long-running, successful program that will return in future years,” says Brad Frink, Supervisor, Parking Enforcement. “We are committed to continuing our support during these challenging times and recognize that this annual contribution makes a difference for many children during the holiday season.”
According to the City, the Toys for Tickets program collected 454 toys last year, representing more than $6,500 in parking fines waived by the City. The program is expected to return in 2021.