Toys For the North celebrates 10 years, distributes record $265K toy haul

TORONTO — Over the holidays, the Toys For The North initiative celebrated its tenth anniversary by delivering a record-breaking amount of toys to children in some of Canada’s most remote regions. 

The effort was again led by the Ontario RCMP in partnership with the Canadian Toy Association, Thomson Terminals Limited, and the Royal Canadian Air Force. Together, they managed to distribute $265,000 worth of toys to over 30 communities in the areas surrounding Thunder Bay, Happy Valley-Goose Bay (Newfoundland and Labrador), Iqaluit (Nunavut), and Yellowknife (Northwest Territories). 

“From collecting toys, sorting, wrapping, arranging transportation, identifying communities and finally delivery into the hands of a child, RCMP volunteers are there every step of the way working with all of our partners and local volunteers to make this campaign a success,” Toys for the North coordinator, Cpl. Rob Buller commented. “I am always so grateful and impressed with the goodwill and efforts of everyone involved. It’s truly an amazing initiative to be part of.”

Toys For The North organizers also expressed their thanks to the RCMP Veterans Association, North Star Air, Gardewine Freight Transportation, Indigenous Services, Child and Family Services, the Recreation Commission of Pond Inlet, Canadian North, DND Iqaluit Detachment, Iqaluit Air Services, the local schools of Nunavut, Jeremias Sillett Community Centre in Nain, Nunavut RCMP Air Services, Joint Task Force North 440 Air Squadron, and Sherri Skeans of Legacy Creative. 

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