Toys for Tots to Teens holiday campaign underway in Penticton: Here's how to help

Make a kid's Xmas bright

No kid or teen in Penticton deserves to go without a present this holiday season, and the annual Toys for Tots to Teens drive is aiming to make sure none of them do.

The annual event, presented by Penticton Provides with the help of local businesses and high school kids, is already underway, looking for donations for kids of all ages.

Items could include toys, gifts or gift cards, and everything will be donated to the Toys for Tots to Teens drive at Penticton Secondary School on Dec. 8.

The goal is to collect at least 1,000 toys and $20,000 to make Christmas special for every Penticton child. The Toys for Tots event is also tied to the 10,000 Tonight event, which is looking to collect 10,000 food items.

Gifts can be dropped off in labelled bins at Canadian Tire, which has been a major sponsor for many years, anytime now until Dec. 8, or dropped off in person on Dec. 8 between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m at Pen High.

Early bird donors on the big drive day will get a free hot breakfast in exchange for their toy and enjoy local entertainment between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Plus, Castanet is running its own initiative to encourage local businesses to contribute to Toys for Tots to Teens, hoping to fill as many stockings as possible to donate.

Pick up your stocking at Castanet, 225 Main St, or request one to be dropped off to you by emailing [email protected] or texting 250-460-0121.

Fill your stocking with new, unwrapped stocking stuffers for ages 0-18 — gift cards are a great option, especially for the older kids — and Castanet's team of elves will make sure your stocking gets delivered to Pen High on the day of the drive.

Post photos of your business' team with your stocking tagging: #PentictonToyDrive, or email your photo to [email protected] for a business shout-out on Castanet social media.

Find out more about Penticton Provides, 10,000 Tonight and Toys for Tots to Teens online here.

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