Toys for Tickets takes place next week

Photo by Sandy Millar.

It’s that time of year again! For two days only, those in Kingston with outstanding parking tickets will be able to pay those tickets off while making a difference in a child’s holidays.

On Thursday, Dec. 5 and Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, residents can pay off their parking tickets with a toy of equal or greater value than the ticket. This program applies only to parking tickets received between Friday, Nov. 1 and Friday, Dec. 6, and does not apply to tickets for unauthorized parking in an accessible parking space. Toys must be new and unwrapped, and residents should include a receipt with the toy for proof of value. According to the City of Kingston, recommended toys include: games, cars, dolls, and stuffed toys. Toys requiring batteries or those which promote violence will not be accepted.

Toys for Tickets has run in Kingston annually since 2005. In that time, the program has collected more than 3,400 toys for Kingston children, which are delivered to a local toy drive in time to be distributed to children in need over the holidays.

“Toys for Tickets turns parking tickets into an opportunity to put a smile on a child’s face,” said Brad Frink, Supervisor of Parking Enforcement for the City of Kingston. “If your ticket is eligible, please consider paying with a toy.”

Frink noted that brochures on the program have been handed out with tickets since early November, so he hopes even more people will choose to pay with toys this year.

Residents can pay their ticket with a toy at City Hall or at 1211 John Counter Boulevard. Note that only toy payments can be made at 1211 John Counter Boulevard, as no cash or credit can be accepted at that location.

Toys for Tickets is an optional program, and drivers can continue to pay parking fines online as usual here.

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