The littlest things can bring a smile to a kid’s face

Thousands of people have been uprooted from their homes due to the Fort McMurray fires and local residents want to help ease the pain. For many kids, a new toy will likely lighten up the devastation situation, even if for only a short time.
One local resident wants to rally the community and send lots of toys to the kids in need.
“I don’t do this everyday, but really felt the need in watching the news over the last two days to try and help in some way.
As a toy store and a mother of three I thought I would reach out to my community to ask for toy donations.
I’m holding a toy run in my community of Unionville, to collect toys to donate to the children who have lost not only their homes, but everything they hold dear….their toys. Every little bit helps to put a smile back on a little child’s face who has been so displaced, with no immediate resolution,” said Shafina Hayat, toy drive organizer and owner of Hodgepodge Toys.
Hayat has gotten lots of support from other Unionville Main Street merchants, including Old Firehall Confectionery, who will also have a box available for people to drop off new toys.

Hayat is regulary updating her Hodgepodge Toys facebook page to keep local supporters updated with where the donations are being sent. She is also hoping to get the local Fire Department and the City of Markham to set up donation boxes.
“Markham is an incredible community to live in and I know there are so many of you out there who just want to help. Please share the toy drive with your friends. For details, you can contact Hayat at 905-

604-5812.