Orangeville Police Service Toy & Food Drive kicks off this weekend

November 21, 2019   ·   0 Comments

The Orangeville Police Service is launching its annual toy and food drive this weekend to give assistance to local families in need during the Christmas season.

The Toys for Tots program has been a Christmas tradition in Orangeville for many years, with its success growing annually.

In addition to the toy drive, police will also be collecting non-perishable food items for the Orangeville Food Bank.

“The residents of Orangeville and area have been very generous of this annual initiative over the years,” said Chief Wayne Kalinski. “We proudly continue to support the Orangeville Food Bank and to raise awareness of the great public service of the food bank volunteers”.

Orangeville Police Auxiliary Unit members will be at Walmart every weekend until Christmas- Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys, non-perishable food items, Canadian Tire money and cash.

As well, toy and food donations can be dropped off at the Orangeville Police Service at 390 C Line to help fill “Santa’s Cruiser”. For residents who are not able to get to the Orangeville Police Service, volunteers from the Orangeville Police Auxiliary Unit would be happy to make arrangements to pick up donations. Please call 519-941-2522 extension 2221 to arrange for this service.

Other toy drop-off locations in the community include the Orangeville Police Community Services Trailer at Kay Cee Gardens Optimist Club Christmas in the Park, The Salvation Army New Hope Church, 690 Riddell Road, The Salvation Army Thrift Store, 162 Broadway, Orangeville Town Hall, 87 Broadway, DUCA Financial Services, 16 Broadway, 7-Eleven, 288 Broadway, LCBO, 40 Broadway and 510 Riddell Road, Royal LePage RCR Realty, 75 First Street, and Winners, 55 Fourth Avenue, YMCA of Greater Toronto, 46 Dawson Road and 10 and 10 Garden Centre- 634026 Highway ,10, Mono.

OPS launches holiday RIDE campaign

The Orangeville Police Service has started their annual Holiday RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) campaign.

“Officers will be conducting R.I.D.E. spot checks at a variety of locations in and around Orangeville throughout the holiday season,” the OPS said in a release.

“We want to assure the public that enforcement regarding impaired driving continues to be a year-round priority, to keep our roads safe for everyone,” said Chief Wayne Kalinski. “Impaired driving is 100% preventable. It’s about making choices. Unfortunately there are still people who make the wrong choice and operate a vehicle after consuming alcohol or drugs”.

Police remind citizens to plan ahead and make alternate arrangements to prevent impaired driving. Arrangements such as choosing a designated driver, calling a taxi or arranging for a friend or family member to pick you up are all great alternatives to driving while impaired.

Police also continue to encourage the public to call 911 when they see a suspected impaired driver. Keeping our roads safe is a shared responsibility and police often receive reports of suspected impaired drivers from other motorists.

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