Toys for Tickets
Written By: Friday, October 27th 2017

12th Annual Toys for Tickets campaign kicks-off in Orillia on Nov. 1


Help the City of Orillia turn parking tickets into toys as we kick-off the annual Toys for Tickets campaign on Nov. 1, 2017.


The campaign, now in its 12th year, invites every person who receives a parking ticket (with the exception of accessible parking violations) in the City of Orillia between Nov. 1 and Dec. 1, 2017, to pay the fine amount by donating a new children’s toy of equal or greater value. Since the annual event started in 2006, more than $31,000 in toys has been donated to local charity groups in lieu of parking tickets.


“The Toys for Tickets campaign is a great opportunity for Orillians to turn a somewhat unpleasant situation into a positive one,” said Mayor Steve Clarke. “Over the years, our community has made transforming parking tickets into toys a great success. We thank everyone who has contributed in the past and look forward to helping children in need again during this holiday season.”


To donate, bring your parking ticket along with an unwrapped toy in its original packaging and proof of purchase to the Treasury Department on the first floor of the Orillia City Centre during regular business hours (weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) by Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. The value of the toy must be equal to, or exceed, the amount owing on the fine.


Toys collected will be donated to the local chapter of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.


“The items collected through the Toys for Tickets campaign go straight to local families in need over the holiday season,” said Tara Treash from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Guardian Angels Parish. “By donating a toy instead of paying a parking ticket fine, you are bringing a smile to a child on Christmas morning.”