Since 1988, Montréal’s firefighters, in conjunction with Canadian Armed Forces civilian and military staff at the 202 Workshop Depot in Longue-Pointe and assisted by a solid team of volunteers, have collected donations of gently used toys for Christmas baskets for needy families. Last year, some 1,350 families were the recipients of Montrealers’ generosity.
Once again this year, firefighters invite Montrealers to give generously for the 32nd annual Christmas basket campaign. You can donate money or take gently used toys to the closest fire station before December 13. This simple act will bring joy and comfort to the hearts of Montrealers in underprivileged neighbourhoods. Give generously!
Here’s a list of toys that are and are not accepted:
Gently used toys that are accepted
Puzzles, board games, Legos, toy figures, books, new dolls or stuffed toys (if possible, use tape to seal boxes to ensure no parts are lost)
Toys that are not accepted
- Toys that are broken or missing pieces
- Used teddy bears and stuffed animals
- Items that require video games or consoles
- Violent, racist or religious games
- Computers, TVs or MP3/CD/DVD players
- Clothing, shoes or skates (take these to a charitable organization’s bell or box near your fire station)
- Bikes (contact SOS VÉLO at 514-251-8803)
- Large items, car seats, high chairs or strollers (contact day care centres or community organizations in your area)