Kelowna RCMP host annual Stuff the Cruiser toy drive in support of the Salvation Army

Toys for children in need

The Kelowna RCMP's annual Stuff the Cruiser toy drive kicked off Saturday in support of the Salvation Army.

The toy drive invites people to drop off new toys and cash donations each year around the holidays, to support the Salvation Army's Christmas Sharing program.

"It's been a really difficult year for everybody, not only in our community, but in the world and I think it's really important for us as law enforcement to be stepping up and collecting donations, so that way we can give a little hope to those during this difficult season, especially considering the certain circumstances with the pandemic," says Const. Solana Pare with the Kelowna RCMP.

And as many of the Salvation Army's fundraisers have been cancelled this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Stuff the Cruiser toy drive is imperative to ensure all children in the community have a present to open on Christmas.

"Our toy count is actually quite low compared to other years, but the number of families wanting to come and get services from us are up compared to other years as well," explains special events coordinator for the Salvation Army Lucas Sweet.

"So today is very important to get a lot of toys in a safe manner due to COVID ... This year, more than any other year, a lot of people are out of work and a lot of people are needing resources and it's just really important that the kids in our community are able to have toys on Christmas day, so thank you very much to everyone who has donated and helped support us."

If you missed this toy drive, you can still participate in the Coast Capri Hotel's Tiny Tim toy drive or you can donate to the Salvation Army online here.

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