The Peterborough Professional Firefighters will be donating toys for the Salvation Army Toy Drive again this holiday season. The annual tradition will see them donate $2,000 to purchase toys from The Toy Shop (176 Hunter Street West) in downtown Peterborough.
The firefighters give their cash donation to Toy Shop owner Jean Grant, who can get great deals from her suppliers to stretch that donation. On Saturday, December 10th at 8:30 am, the firefighters will park the fire truck in front of the Toy Shop and load up the toys. George, King of Downtown, will be on hand to assist the firefighters. The firefighters like to spend the toy hamper money locally to support the community and eventually see this money reinvested in Peterborough.
Left to right: Scott Lawder, Brad Luby, Mark Sullivan, Amanda Nichols, Chief Snetsinger, Ed Venuk, Jaclyn Finney, Joe Cadigan & Patrick Wayne
"We (Peterborough Firefighters) recognize a growing need for assistance in the community and have responded this year by doubling our usual donation amount," says Edward Venuk, Secretary Treasurer of the Peterborough Firefighters. "The Toy Shop on Hunter Street has been a great help for many years by helping us purchase quality gifts for kids at a good price in order to help stretch every dollar.”
As well as donating toys, the firefighters are also donating $2,000 for the Salvation Army hamper fund. The firefighters will also assist the Salvation Army by helping to unload trucks of food for the hamper drive (December 9th), move toys for the toy drive (December 12th) and eventually help to deliver these much needed hampers to the community (December 17th).
"It has always been our honor to assist the community of Peterborough whenever there is a need, and we will continue to do so,” adds Venuk.