Donate toys and bring smiles to children’s faces

Local toy drive organizers are reminding residents to do their part and help The Salvation Army and CTV build a mountain of toys to provide help and hope to families struggling to make ends meet.

2021 marks the 26th anniversary of the CTV Toy Mountain Drive. The Salvation Army invites businesses, schools, organizations, community groups and CTV viewers to become partners – to collect toys –  and to help build Toy Mountain.

This year includes the challenges of the pandemic, but your help is still needed to bring smiles to children’s faces on Christmas morning.

Local Santa Danny Fantini has an antique fire truck that will be stationed at the Pride of Canada Carousel located in downtown Markham at Birchmount Rd. and Enterprise Blvd. Santa will be there on weekends in December to accept toy donations. (Dec. 4 and 5, Dec. 11 and 12 and Dec. 18 and 19 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.)

“Last year we collected 1,100 toys and $2,015 in gift cards,” Fantini’s daughter Lori Manserra said. “It’s important to let the community know so they can participate and we can help build that TOY mountain.”

CTV and Santa will be at the Carousel along with Mayor Frank Scarpitti on December 14th during the evening news, sometime after 6 p.m.


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