More than 250 gifts for kids collected as Kingstonians trade toys for parking ticket payments

City of Kingston Parking Enforcement staff stand around the Christmas tree at the City Hall payment centre with the toys collected during Toys for Tickets 2023 stacked up and ready for their new homes. Photo via City of Kingston.

The City of Kingston’s Toys for Tickets program has resulted in a total of 275 toys being collected in exchange for waived parking ticket payments – toys that will help make the holidays brighter for area children.

The City announced the results of the initiative on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023, noting that the 275 toys represent more than $6,410 in waived parking fees. Through the program, parking tickets received between November 1 and December 3 of this year were eligible to be paid by donating an unwrapped toy of value equal to or greater than the parking fine issued. The initiative ran from Monday, Dec. 4 to Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, and “has been deemed a great success,” the City of Kingston said, noting that the number of toys collected through Toys for Tickets in 2023 doubled those collected in 2022. Since the initiative began in 2005, nearly 4,000 toys have been collected through Toys for Tickets, according to the City.

“We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who participated in Toys for Tickets this year,” said Dan Hazell, Supervisor of Enforcement Services for the City of Kingston.

“Thanks to your generous contributions, many kids in our community are going to have a very special holiday.”

The City said that its Parking Enforcement team gathered up the hundreds of toys from City Hall and the City’s administrative building at 1211 John Counter Boulevard and delivered them to the toy drive at the Princess of Wales’ Own Regiment.

“There, volunteers were busy sorting stuffed animals, action figures, puzzles, dolls, toy cars, sports equipment, board games, and much more!” the City of Kingston shared.

Parking Enforcement Officers with the City of Kingston pose with Salvation Army volunteers, along with toys donated as part of the Toys for Tickets program this year. Photo via City of Kingston.

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