Amherst Toyota looking to bring in a big haul
AMHERST – The days are counting down until Santa and his sleigh full of toys arrive and some local elves are looking to help him make it a memorable Christmas.
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Glenn Roberts and the staff at Amherst Toyota are looking to fill up their truck with toy donations this Saturday during the Christmas parade in Amherst for the local Christmas For Kids organization.
Amherst Toyota are pulling in a heavy duty truck for Christmas For Kids, Cumberland County’s local toy assistance program, and are challenging everyone to help them fill it.
“We want to fill the Tundra this year,” Amherst Toyota’s Glenn Roberts said. “It’s the biggest vehicle we’ve used yet.”
Toyota will be entering the truck in Saturday’s Christmas parade and helpers will be collecting new toys and clothes from the public in hopes of turning the back of the truck into a mountain of fun.
“We’ll also be collecting toys at the dealership right up until December 15th,” Roberts said. “Toys collected at the dealership will get you a five-dollar gift certificate for Toyota as our way of saying thanks.”
Partnering with Amherst Toyota in its collection efforts are the MacDonald family, whose 11194 South Pugwash home has become an annual attraction during the Christmas season and a site for donating toys. This year, the MacDonald’s will continue their tradition of support in memory of the late Adrian Jay MacDonald. Further details of the home tour are available at the MacDonald Toy Drive page on Facebook.
Last year Christmas For Kids assisted 550 children in Amherst and surrounding Cumberland County, with the exception of Springhill where the Springhill Lions Club run a similar program called Toys for Tots, Jean Miller said. This marks their 20th year of operation.
“Our office is right next door to Shoppers Drug Mart,” Miller said “And we’re open Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.”
Anyone looking for assistance with Christmas for children up to the age of 15 can make application at the Christmas For Kids office, Miller said, and anyone looking for ideas for donations can look to a number of sites the group have set up.
“We have angel cards we put on trees with the age of a child, gender, clothes size and a couple of wishes for toys,” Miller said.
This year the angel cards are set up at Archway Insurance, the Credit Union, Pharmasave, Dairy Queen, the Cumberland Central Regional Hospital, the Bank of Nova Scotia in Oxford and Pugwash, and the Co-op in Pugwash.