Canadian Tire and Toronto police raise money for children in need

Community Nov 16, 2017 by Andrew Palamarchuk Scarborough Mirror

Hundreds of children will have a happier holiday thanks to a “heartwarming” project run by East York’s 54 Division and a Scarborough Canadian Tire store.

The 12th annual “Toys for Kids” project, which raises money to buy presents for children in need, kicked off Thursday, Nov. 16.

Last year, about $10,000 was raised and about 600 families were helped.

People visiting the Canadian Tire at 1901 Eglinton Ave. E. (Eglinton Town Centre) are asked to make a donation to the program in the form of Canadian Tire money or cash or by purchasing a "bear card" for $1.

Store owner Mike Kenopic will match the money raised when the fundraiser ends in mid-December.

The money raised will be given to local organizations, such as the Salvation Army, that will then buy toys that they will distribute to children whose parents can’t afford to buy presents.

“It’s just a very heartwarming program that is near and dear to my heart,” said 54 Division Const. Jennifer Dekezel, who has been organizing the annual program for a few years.

Kenopic said he feels “very fortunate” to be a part of the initiative.

“This is very positive, helping out people in the community, especially this time of year,” he said. “It’s all about just bringing smiles to people’s faces.”

Canadian Tire and Toronto police raise money for children in need

Community Nov 16, 2017 by Andrew Palamarchuk Scarborough Mirror

Hundreds of children will have a happier holiday thanks to a “heartwarming” project run by East York’s 54 Division and a Scarborough Canadian Tire store.

The 12th annual “Toys for Kids” project, which raises money to buy presents for children in need, kicked off Thursday, Nov. 16.

Last year, about $10,000 was raised and about 600 families were helped.

People visiting the Canadian Tire at 1901 Eglinton Ave. E. (Eglinton Town Centre) are asked to make a donation to the program in the form of Canadian Tire money or cash or by purchasing a "bear card" for $1.

Store owner Mike Kenopic will match the money raised when the fundraiser ends in mid-December.

The money raised will be given to local organizations, such as the Salvation Army, that will then buy toys that they will distribute to children whose parents can’t afford to buy presents.

“It’s just a very heartwarming program that is near and dear to my heart,” said 54 Division Const. Jennifer Dekezel, who has been organizing the annual program for a few years.

Kenopic said he feels “very fortunate” to be a part of the initiative.

“This is very positive, helping out people in the community, especially this time of year,” he said. “It’s all about just bringing smiles to people’s faces.”

Canadian Tire and Toronto police raise money for children in need

Community Nov 16, 2017 by Andrew Palamarchuk Scarborough Mirror

Hundreds of children will have a happier holiday thanks to a “heartwarming” project run by East York’s 54 Division and a Scarborough Canadian Tire store.

The 12th annual “Toys for Kids” project, which raises money to buy presents for children in need, kicked off Thursday, Nov. 16.

Last year, about $10,000 was raised and about 600 families were helped.

People visiting the Canadian Tire at 1901 Eglinton Ave. E. (Eglinton Town Centre) are asked to make a donation to the program in the form of Canadian Tire money or cash or by purchasing a "bear card" for $1.

Store owner Mike Kenopic will match the money raised when the fundraiser ends in mid-December.

The money raised will be given to local organizations, such as the Salvation Army, that will then buy toys that they will distribute to children whose parents can’t afford to buy presents.

“It’s just a very heartwarming program that is near and dear to my heart,” said 54 Division Const. Jennifer Dekezel, who has been organizing the annual program for a few years.

Kenopic said he feels “very fortunate” to be a part of the initiative.

“This is very positive, helping out people in the community, especially this time of year,” he said. “It’s all about just bringing smiles to people’s faces.”