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Toys for Tickets raises over $5,000 in toys for local kids

Posted on Wednesday December 11, 2019
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The 2019 Toys for Tickets campaign raised more than $5,000 worth of children’s toys in lieu of parking tickets. The toys were donated to Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Child Advocacy Centre Simcoe/Muskoka, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Salvation Army and the Couchiching Jubilee House at a special presentation on Dec. 11, 2019.

For immediate release (Dec. 11, 2019) – Parking tickets were turned into holiday cheer this morning as Mayor Steve Clarke presented more than $5,000 in children’s toys from the 2019 Toys for Tickets campaign to five local charities.

The City of Orillia increased its Toys for Tickets campaign reach to include not only the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Child Advocacy Centre Simcoe/Muskoka, but also Big Brothers Big Sisters, Salvation Army and Couchiching Jubilee House after a record breaking year.

New this year, people were given the option to donate the dollar amount owing on their parking ticket towards the campaign, or donate a toy of equal value. The option to donate the amount owing on the fine resulted in a higher number of people choosing to participate in the Toys for Tickets program.

“I’d like to thank everyone who took part in the 2019 Toys for Tickets program – our best year to date. By choosing to donate the amount owing on your parking fine to Toys for Tickets, you made a huge difference in the lives of so many local families this holiday season. Thank you,” said Mayor Steve Clarke.

Toys for Tickets invited every person who received a parking ticket (with the exception of accessible parking violations) in the City of Orillia between Nov. 1 and Dec. 1, 2019, to pay the fine amount by donating a new children’s toy of equal or greater value.

The five local charities will use the donated funds and toys to provide Christmas presents to families in need within our community. 

Over the past 14 years, the City of Orillia Toys for Tickets campaign has generated approximately $40,000 worth of new toys in lieu of payment for parking tickets.

The City of Orillia is a city of 31,000 people in the heart of Ontario’s Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Visit our website at



Tara Treash
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Orillia
705-326-2849 ext. 132


Tracey Carter
Executive Director
Child Advocacy Centre Simcoe/Muskoka


Shawn Crawford
Manager of Legislative Services


Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)


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