EMS staff in Timmins giving kids a happy Christmas
CTV Northern Ontario
Published Tuesday, December 5, 2017 12:06PM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, December 5, 2017 12:43PM EST
Santa's helpers were busy in Timmins on the weekend and they are showing off their collection.
After a Saturday toy drive, EMS staff presented an ambulance packed with toys for kids in need on Tuesday.
Every year for the past six years, Cochrane District Emergency Services personnel have spent a full day camped outside of the Timmins Walmart, asking people for donations of cash and toys for deserving children at Christmas.
"This is amazing, every year we go out to our service recipients and we ask them to fill out a wish list. Last year, we had over 335 children complete wish lists, so we use toy drives like this and donations from the public to try and make sure every child, youth, and every baby has something under the tree come Christmas." said Brooke Ballantyne of the North Eastern Ontario Family and Children’s Services.
This year, paramedics and support staff gathered hundreds of toys and almost $2-thousand in cash donations.
"We noticed a lot of other people were doing the food bank drive, so in conjunction with some of the paramedics and all of the District Social Services Administration Board, we decided we would do a toy drive because not many people were doing the toy drive." said Derrick Cremin, of the Cochrane District EMS.
All of the toys will be wrapped and delivered to families in time for Christmas.