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Tuesday, July 23, 2024
Toy drive to benefit local children through Newark Neighbours

Two local mothers have decided to use the skills they’ve learned from school fundraisers and merge them with their event planning experience to create meaningful community happenings.

Rachael Corry-Danieluk and a friend, Brenda Ferguson, both at-home mothers of three, are launching Turquoise Tent Events with a Christmas toy drive — hopefully the first of many.

The space at Kinsmen Scout Hall has been donated for the affair. “Everyone has been very generous and helpful,” says Corry-Danieluk. Phil Laboudec of Phil’s valu-mart donated a door prize — a Christmas dinner (a turkey and a $100 gift card).

Don’t tell the kids, but the guy in the Santa suit is community champion Ward Simpson, who has donated his time to be at this event. “Ward was excited to play Santa for the kids,” says Corry-Danieluk.

Kids can get a free photo with Santa — just please bring your own camera for the pictures.

Please bring new, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food for Newark Neighbours. Anyone who donates is automatically eligible for the door prize.

The prizewinner will be drawn and announced by newly-sworn-in Lord Mayor Betty Disero.

All donations will go to Newark Neighbours. Cindy Grant, NN volunteer, says the families on their Christmas basket list have shared their children’s wishes: they are looking ideally for popular items such as superhero toys, Lego, Minecraft, Barbies, Transformers, Hatchimals, and arts and crafts supplies. As for non-perishable foods, everything’s welcome, but if you want to get seasonal, they would appreciate Christmas cookies, or boxes of chocolates.

The photos and drive take place between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m on Dec. 2. The prize draw happens at 4 p.m.

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