Toys for the North
CFB Trenton does annual trip to deliver joy to children.
CFB TRENTON — There are a lot of children in Canada’s northern most communities that will have a reason to smile this Christmas thanks to Toys for the North.
Friday, a transport from Thomson Terminals Limited pulled onto the tarmac at 8 Wing Trenton loaded with 28 skids of toys, clothing, diapers and other essentials to be transferred to a CC130 Hercules to be flown to Thunder Bay and Goose Bay for distribution to remote communities.
“There are many youth- oriented charitable groups out there that help the disadvantaged at Christmas but Toys for the North is the only drive that sends toys to thousands of Canadian children that live in Canada’s northern most regions,” said RCMP Corporal Stacey Anderson, national coordinator 2018 Toys for the North. “It is not an easy task to co- ordinate but the reward of these efforts is seeing smiles on those kids’ faces, and knowing we are making a difference in their lives.”
“O” Division Royal Canadian Mounted Police has participated in the Toys for the North charitable drive since 2010 in partnership with the Canadian Toy Association and Thomson Terminals Limited transporta- tion. This initiative has evolved over the years to include a national network of RCMP, law enforcement, corporate and external partners who collectively contribute to the success of delivering new toys to children in the northern communities.
To date the initiative has made the holidays a little brighter by distributing more than $ 500,000 worth of toys to children in northern parts of Labrador, Manitoba, Nunavut and Ontario.
This year’s toy delivery by RCMP detachment staff will take place in northern communities located in Newfoundland/ Labrador and Ontario. “We are grateful for the hundreds of volunteers who contribute toys, gift wrap, transportation services, planning and distribution from the member companies of the Canadian Toy Association, Hallmark Canada, Thomson Terminals, Canadian Forces, North Star Air, RCMP Veterans Association, RCMP detachments and policing partners, as well as the private businesses and the caring public who help to put smiles on the faces of the children,” said Anderson.
“In the last couple of years I’ve headed it up for our company,” said Sean Miller of Thomson Terminals Limited. “To our company it’s very important, Jim ( Thomson, company founder and co- owner) loves this charity, thinks it’s a great idea and is very involved with it. This is a big, big thing for him, he works hard at it, gets donations. We worked even harder this year than we have in the past few years to build up for next year. We got more contacts, more companies willing to donate toys, clothing or diapers. I got my community involved in it, my mother collected toys for this, I talked to the schools and try to get them involved, my family all donated toys. People need to realize what the children up north do not have and what we can do for them to try to help out a little bit.”
“They do all the work, we’re just the lucky ones that get to deliver it,” said 8 Wing Commander Col. Mark Goulden. “It’s pretty awesome, makes a lot of kids happy. These kids don’t get the Christmases we grew up getting, so it’s a really nice thing that they do. It’s really easy for us, those flights are going there anyway and we have the capacity to get the toys on there and drop them off. It’s really inspiring, the giving is amazing.”
CFB Trenton personnel load the first of 28 skids of toys aboard a CC130 Hercules aircraft Friday that are headed for northern communites in Ontario and Labrador as part of the Toys for the North initiative.
Sgt. Marc LaPorte, Cpl. Stacey Anderson and Const. Bartek Stankusz pose with 8 Wing Trenton Aviators Cory Stewart and Kevin Allison and 28 skids of Toys for the North.
Aviator Cory Stewart hands a guitar to 8 Wing Public Affairs Officer Capt. Trevor Reid while Sean Miller and Cyril Hawkins from Thomson Terminals Limited stand by during the Toys for the North event Friday at CFB Trenton.
CFB Trenton personnel and representatives from the RCMP, RCMP Veterans Association and Thomson Terminals Limited were on hand Friday at 8 Wing for the ninth annual Toys for the North campaign.