Toy Drive

Cor­po­rate chal­lenge is­sued to Amherst busi­ness com­mu­nity

The Amherst News - - FRONT PAGE - BY AN­DREW WAGSTAFF an­drew.wagstaff@amher­st­news.ca twit­ter: @ADNan­drew

Amherst Toy­ota’s an­nual Toy Drive in sup­port of the Christ­mas for Kids Cam­paign has re­turned for an­other year.

The toy truck is back, and the folks at Amherst Toy­ota are look­ing to you to help them fill it with toys.

The car deal­er­ship’s an­nual Christ­mas toy drive is in full swing, ap­pear­ing at lo­cal pa­rades and events, and is invit­ing the rest of the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity to take part.

“We’ve put out a cor­po­rate chal­lenge to all the busi­nesses in Amherst to col­lect toys, come down and drop them off for the toy drive,” said dealer prin­ci­pal Glenn Roberts. “We hope every­one gets into the spirit and col­lects some, and drops down for an­other suc­cess­ful year.”

The truck and its vol­un­teers had a suc­cess­ful night at the Amherst Christ­mas pa­rade, thanks to good weather and a large crowd, and are hop­ing for the same at up­com­ing pa­rades in Ox­ford on Nov. 24, and Springhill on Dec. 7.

They are also tak­ing part in Moon­light Mad­ness events in Sackville, N.B., with all toys col­lected go­ing to the Christ­mas Cheer pro­gram there. All toys col­lected in Cum­ber­land County go to the lo­cal Christ­mas for Kids cam­paign.

“We’ve been do­ing it for a long time,” said Roberts. “We don’t want to lose mo­men­tum be­cause the need gets big­ger, so we need the re­sults to con­tinue to grow and match that need.”

This year they will be do­ing it with­out the large con­tri­bu­tion of toys that nor­mally come in from the fa­mously lit up MacDonald fam­ily home in Pugwash, which de­cided to take a break this year.

Mean­while, the Toy­ota team con­tin­ues to look for new ways to get the most do­na­tions pos­si­ble for those in need. To this end, they have formed a part­ner­ship with the lo­cal ju­nior hockey team.

“One of the big events this year we didn’t do last year is we’re go­ing to team up with the Ram­blers,” said used car man­ager Troy Wil­liams. “We’re go­ing to be at their game on Dec. 2, col­lect­ing

“we don’t want to lose mo­men­tum be­cause the need gets big­ger, so we need the re­sults to con­tinue to grow and match that need.” Glenn Roberts, Amherst Toy­ota

toys. We’ll have the truck there, we’ll be out on the ice, and we’re hop­ing for a big event.”

All em­ploy­ees at the deal­er­ship get into the spirit of the cam­paign, ac­cord­ing to Roberts, who a said a new un­wrapped toy is the cost of ad­mis­sion to the an­nual staff Christ­mas party. Toy­ota also spon­sors a fam­ily at Au­tumn House for Christ­mas, pro­vid­ing them with ev­ery­thing from the turkey to gifts for the mother and chil­dren.

“It’s been re­ally ful­fill­ing, and we look for­ward to it ev­ery year,” he said. “It gets every­one in the giv­ing spirit. We have a com­mit­tee to help plan these things, and it’s not hard to get peo­ple on that com­mit­tee. Every­body gets in­volved.”

AN­Drew wAgstAff – Amherst News

Glenn Roberts (left) and Troy Wil­liams at Amherst Toy­ota show some of the toys col­lected so far in their an­nual toy drive for Christ­mas for Kids. The toy truck will be back in ac­tion at the Christ­mas pa­rade in Ox­ford on Nov. 24.

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