At its meeting of December 10, 2018, Council approved a resolution for a one-year pilot for the Toys for Tickets program. The program invites every person who receives a parking ticket from November 1 to December 1, 2019, to pay the fine amount by donating a new children’s toy of equal or greater value to the City’s annual Stuff a Bus fundraiser.
“Many local businesses and organizations take part in the Stuff a Bus program in which Sault Ste. Marie Transit drivers, on their own time in a City Transit bus, transport donated toys, canned food and toys from businesses to the Christmas Cheer Depot, which in turn distributes those items to families in need. We are proud to support this tradition in Sault Ste. Marie, says Brent Lamming, Director of Community Services.”
To donate, every person who receives a parking ticket during the month of November, excluding accessible parking fines, can bring their parking ticket with an unwrapped toy in its original packaging and proof of purchase to the Transit main office at 111 Huron Street in Sault Ste. Marie.
Donations of more than one toy are accepted as long as the value of the toy equals or exceeds the amount owing on the fine. Partial payments in the form of a toy and the remainder in monetary funds are not accepted. Gift cards will not be accepted. Toys must be provided to Transit by December 13, 2019 to qualify. All toys will be included into the annual Stuff a Bus fundraiser to support this long-standing Transit fundraising tradition.
For more information, contact Transit Services at 705-759-5438 or visit saultstemarie.ca.