Simcoe County Paramedics’ Toy Drive Shifts Into High Speed

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BARRIE, ONT. –

Simcoe County Paramedics are the latest group to make sure no one is left behind this holiday season.

Despite heavy pressure from their work, paramedics were stationed across the region on Saturday, collecting donations for those in need this holiday season. There were collection locations in Coldwater and two in Wasaga Beach.

“We’re really focused on a helping neighbor philosophy,” says Greg Sharp of Simcoe County Paramedics. “Every year I am blown away by the generosity of the public, and everyone wants to see everyone succeed in life, and this is just an opportunity for us to help the public achieve that goal.”

The campaign began on November 12. Paramedics collect food, new and unwrapped toys, and cash donations. Through their day jobs, Sharp says they know firsthand the need for fundraisers like this across Simcoe County.

“We go into people’s homes and see situations that, you know, you might not be able to see from the outside by looking down the street,” says Sharp. “We see dire situations and people making decisions about food on the table, rent, electricity and things of that nature.”

In its 19th year, the Paramedic’s Toy Drive has raised over 90,000 toys, over 42,000 pounds of food and over $ 200,000 in monetary donations.

For more information on drop-off locations and upcoming events and other ways you can help, click here.

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