Peterborough Firefighters Annual Toy Drive

The Peterborough Professional Firefighters are donating $2,000 to purchase toys from The Toy Shop at 176 Hunter Street West in downtown Peterborough for the annual Salvation Army Toy Drive.

The firefighters give their cash donation to Toy Shop owner Jean Grant who can get great deals from her suppliers to stretch that donation. On Saturday, Dec. 8 at 10 am, the firefighters will park the fire truck in front of the Toy Shop and load up the toys.

“In our roles as firefighters we are regularly in the homes of families in need and we are seeing poverty first hand,” says Ed Venuk, Secretary Treasurer of the Peterborough Firefighters. “Many of us in local 169 have children in our lives and feel that all children deserve a Christmas regardless of their families’ income, and it means so much to us that we can help other children and families feel special at Christmas.”

As well as donating toys, the firefighters are also donating $1,500 for the Salvation Army hamper fund. The firefighters also assist the Salvation Army by helping to unload trucks of food for the hamper drive, move toys for the toy drive and eventually help to deliver these much needed hampers to the community.

“I like to donate toys that don’t require batteries and are made well so they will last and be enjoyed for many years,” says Grant. “It’s something Santa and I have in common — we give away toys, except we use firefighters instead of reindeer and a fire truck instead of a sleigh.”

Some Toy Shop customers also donate toward the toy drive, which will be added to the firefighters Saturday pickup.

“We’d like to thank the firefighters for helping kids in this community have a wonderful Christmas with some quality toys bought locally in downtown Peterborough,” says Terry Guiel, Executive Director of the Downtown Business Improvement Area.