Adults who received gifts from Toys Days are now giving back.
Randi Shroeder, floor manager at Canadian Tire, says she benefited from the program growing up, and is now able to donate.
“It's important to me, it really touches my heart because I received hampers and toys from the community growing up. It was great for me to have a toy Christmas morning where my parents could not provide as much as they would have liked to, so we got help from the community.”
Shroeder says it feels good that she is able to give back to the program and help those that were in the position that she was in when she was a child.
“I feel honored that I'm able to help out and give hampers. And I do the hampers for the food as well as the toys because it all benefits the community.”
She still remembers the "Baby Alive" she received from the program.
“I was so happy. I was the only girl in the house growing up, so it was rare for me to get a girls toy, so I really enjoyed that.”
She was a little girl when she got that gift and still remembers it to this day.
These kids are going to remember the toys they receive through people donating here today and tomorrow when they're adults, and that's the impact this community is making.
It is a great time for the community to come together and spread Christmas joy.
There are some toys in the bin, but room for much more. They accept toys for ages 0-17.
Carolyn Peters says they especially need toys for babies ages 0-2, as that section is very empty at the moment. Some good toys for babies include rattles, chew toys, and blankets.
They also have a lot of teens in need of gifts, Peters says it’s a good idea to shop for the same age your kids are and bring them with you.
“Bring your teens shopping and see what they like, what they would pick for others.”
Toys Days is at Canadian Tire today and tomorrow from 8am-8pm.
If you prefer, you can donate toys online instead of coming to the store. Canadian Tire has the option to purchase toys on their website, and request them to be donated.
with files from Corny Rempel and Michelle Sawatzky