Parking tickets made a positive impact for local families in need after Orillia Mayor Steve Clarke presented over $5,000 in toys from the 2019 Toys for Tickets campaign to five local charities on Dec. 11.
With the exception of accessible parking violations, Toys for Tickets invited everyone who received a parking ticket in the City of Orillia between Nov. 1 and Dec. 1 to pay the fine amount by donating a new children’s toy of equal or greater value. People were also given the option this year to donate the dollar amount owing on their parking ticket towards the campaign, which led to more residents participating in the program. After a record breaking year, the City of Orillia expanded the campaign to support Big Brothers Big Sisters, Salvation Army and Couchiching Jubilee House in addition to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Child Advocacy Centre Simcoe/Muskoka.
“I’d like to thank everyone who took part in the 2019 Toys for Tickets program – our best year to date,” Clarke said. “By choosing to donate the amount owing on your parking fine to Toys for Tickets, you made a huge difference in the lives of so many local families this holiday season. Thank you.”
The five charities will use the money and toys that were donated to provide Christmas presents to local families in need. Orillia’s Toys for Tickets campaign has generated about $40,000 worth of new toys over the past 14 years in place of payment for parking tickets.