The Toy Man be­comes se­cret Santa for 220 chil­dren!

Montreal Times - - News -

It has now be­come an an­nual tra­di­tion for Sun Youth and for the Starlight Foun­da­tion. For the third year in a row, anony­mous donor Toy Man treated 220 chil­dren to a shop­ping spree at the Boule­vard Dé­carie Toys “R” Us. The event un­folded on Sun­day, December 16th, at the toy store which was closed to the pub­lic but fully ac­ces­si­ble to the kids from Sun Youth and Starlight thanks to the re­newed sup­port of the store’s man­ager and some of its staff who vol­un­teered their time to take part in this unique event.

The Toy Man ex­plains: “Every­body de­serves to have a per­fect Hol­i­day! Why not make Christ­mas spe­cial for ev­ery­one?” A few days away from his birth­day he says: “The great­est gift I could give my­self was to see the smiles on the kids’ faces, it is price­less!” The Toy Man wishes to be the chil­dren’s Se­cret Santa for many years to come, as long as he’s able to con­tinue.

Once again this year, there was elec­tric­ity in the air. Kids were ob­vi­ously ex­cited to be able to select their gifts them­selves, from the hottest new toy to the lat­est tech or video game, but some spe­cial peo­ple were there to greet them: var­i­ous cos­play­ers such as su­per­heroes and Star Wars char­ac­ters (in­clud­ing Starlight’s mas­cot Cap­i­taine Starlight). There were also hair­dressers who vol­un­teered their skills (and scis­sors) to of­fer free hair­cuts to the chil­dren but also many of their par­ents who can’t af­ford a hair­cut for the Hol­i­days. Through­out the evening the four hair­dressers present per­formed 35-40 hair­cuts each so most peo­ple at­tend­ing the event came out look­ing their best. There were also vol­un­teers do­ing face paint on the kids, bal­loon an­i­mals and snacks for every­body. It was also a fun time for ev­ery­one in­volved, not only for the kids but also for the par­ents and Sun Youth Hor­nets coaches in at­ten­dance.

The event started smaller in 2016 with 75 chil­dren re­ceiv­ing gifts but has been grow­ing ev­ery year since. This year’s event was very emo­tional for many as it was ded­i­cated to two of Starlight kids who sadly passed away:Thomas Fer­reira and Tre Fer­di­nand. Sun Youth would like to thank the Toy Man for once again be­com­ing these chil­dren’s Se­cret Santa and the nu­mer­ous vol­un­teers who an­swered the call once again.

While Star Wars char­ac­ter Kylo Ren was on site, the event was def­i­nitely not on the dark side, with smiles ev­ery­where on chil­dren and adult faces alike.Photo: Joseph Munro.

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