The toy train got a whole lot fuller at Canadian Tire this morning after a Steinbach man donated two massive stuffed animals for Toys Days.
Brenden Olson says he and his wife have a very special tradition they uphold every Christmas season.
"Every year I run around to the different fairs around Manitoba and I win the very large prizes that a lot of the children don't get a chance to get and at the end of the year when Christmas time comes, I donate them to one of the many many places that accept toys through the year for kids. There's a lot of children that would never get the chance to get those, they're fairly expensive and hard to get. I just like to spread the cheer around and it's Christmas, everybody likes doing something for somebody."
Olson adds this is something they've been doing for a while now and anticipates to keep it going for many years to come.
Meanwhile, Steinbach lawyer David Banman says the Christmas season is a time to give and notes toys days is an easy way to make someone's Christmas a whole lot brighter. He says the holiday season is a cheerful time for most people but adds for some that may not be the case.
"For me, Christmas has really really good memories but for a lot of people, we have to realize that maybe isn't the case. Whether it's loved ones that people have lost or financial difficulties. It can be a really really stressful time for a lot of people and there aren't necessarily good memories that go along with that so I think this is just one really easy way that we can hopefully help to make those Christmas memories a little brighter rather than being negative."
You have until tomorrow evening to drop off your new unwrapped toys in the toy train at Canadian Tire in Steinbach for Toys Days in support of Community Christmas.