It’s Toronto’s Turn to Institute “Toys/Food for Tickets”

Update: see previous posts – December 12, 2009 Oshawa demonstrates Warmth and Compassion leading up to Christmas, November 25, 2009 Toys for Tickets – 2009

If you agree that Toronto Should initiate a Toys & Food4Tickets Drive Beginning in 2011, then sign the Online Petition.

This is a challenge to Mayor elect, Rob Ford, who assumes his elected position today, as Toronto’s 64th Mayor, is responsible for the nation’s largest city, along with a council of 44 members elected October 25, 2010. The holiday season is about sharing and giving unselfishly.

The City of Toronto issues about three (3) million parking tickets a year, generating approximately 80 million dollars a year of revenue to the City.

Most motorists who receive parking tickets on the streets of Toronto, pay the fine associated with the specific offence listed.

None of these monies are used help out children, who live in Toronto and need help.

According to Statistics Canada, charitable donations are down both in dollar terms and in volume. Last year, more than 5.6 million Canadians made donations for a total of about $7.75 billion in contributions. That compares to almost 5.8 million Canadians donating in 2008, for a total of almost $8.2 billion in fundraising. In 2008 it was reported that charitable donations were down 5.3 %, a troubling trend.

There are a number of cities within Ontario and across Canada, that have adopted toys4tickets and food4tickets campaigns. These campaigns allow motorists who receive parking tickets during designated times, to pay for their fines by donating toys or other items of equal or greater value of the fine, to the specific City. The City will in turn, distribute these toys and other items to children and families in need over the holiday season.

Restrictions that normally apply? toys4tickets will not accept payment of traffic related fines, other than fines arising from parking tickets. Fines for improperly parking in a disabled parking space cannot be paid through this program. Some cities demand a receipt (of the purchase of the toy) for the donated item.

You would think that the City of Toronto, given its size and wealth would want to participate in this worthwhile program, but so far it has declined. Perhaps Mayor Ford and his newly constituted team could show some leadership in this regard. Families could experience a lot of cheer, and witness numerous children smiling, during the holiday season, if the City could participate in this worthwhile project.

Here are some stories from various Cities that participate in this worthwhile program:

Another FSJ Toys for Tickets campaign is underway

By: Energeticcity.ca Staff

Once again, motorists in Fort St. John who receive a parking ticket from now until Dec. 17 have the option of turning it into a Christmas donation.

The city is partnering with Moose FM to collect Christmas season donations for the Salvation Army.

The annual program works the same this year as in the past and ticket recipients can choose to drop off either an unwrapped toy or cash – which equals the value of their fine – to city hall.

The cash donations will be used to purchase items for the Salvation Army Christmas hampers and this year there’s a particular gift need for very young children and up to two years old, as well as for teenagers.

Last year’s donation value was close to $5,000 and residents don’t need to be a parking ticket recipient to participate. Anyone can drop off a donation at city hall or one of the other receiving venues in the city.

All the toys collected will be combined with those received during the Moose FM Troyer Toy Drive, which is set to take place Dec.10 to 11.

Oshawa drivers can pay parking tickets with toys

OSHAWA — Finding a parking ticket on the windshield is no fun, but the City of Oshawa is offering drivers a chance to make something positive out of the experience.

As part of the City’s annual Toys for Tickets program, tickets issued in Oshawa between Dec. 1 and 10 can be paid with a new toy donation.

All toys will be donated to the Durham Regional Police Service Food and Toy Drive and distributed to children in need for the holidays.

Tickets issued for illegal parking in accessible spaces will not be eligible.

Toys will be accepted for children from newborn to the age of 18. The value of the toy must equal or exceed the amount owing on the parking ticket.

This is the fourth year that the City has offered the program. Last year, more than $3,000 worth of toys was collected.

A new unwrapped toy with a supporting cash register receipt will be accepted as payment at Service Oshawa, located inside City Hall at 50 Centre St. S., on Dec. 9 or 10 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, visit www.oshawa.ca or call 905-436-3311.

Good Neighbours: Army mobilizes for Christmas food collection

Times Colonist

Parking tickets can bring cheer

The approach of the holiday season brings good news on the parking front, at least for those who frequent the University of Victoria.

Campus Security Services is giving its annual nod to good cheer by reducing parking fines by $5 — in exchange for a donation of a non-perishable food item. The offer is in place through Dec. 10. Bring your food donation, along with your parking ticket, to the Campus Security Services office during business hours.

UVic Libraries is in a similarly festive mood and is waiving $2 from library fines for each food item donated, up to a maximum of $20, until Dec. 10.

The effort is part of the national Food for Fines program on Canadian campuses.

Donations will be shared by the UVic Students’ Society Food Bank and the Mustard Seed Food Bank.

City of Pickering Parking Tickets into Holiday Cheer

In the spirit of the season, the City of Pickering will once more be offering its ‘Toys 4 Tickets and Food 4 Fines’ program as a way of giving back to the community. Namely, most City of Pickering parking tickets issued between December 7 to 15, 2010 may be paid via a donation of food or toys, in lieu of the fine.

All toy donations must be new and unwrapped. All food donations must be non-perishable. The value of the toys or food must be equal to or greater than the fine on the ticket. As such, receipts are required for all donations.

Please note that tickets issued for illegal parking in accessible spaces are not eligible for the program.

The Toys 4 Tickets and Food 4 Fines is a unique and wonderful program that helps turn something negative into a positive,” said Kim Thompson, Manager, By-law Enforcement Services. “2009 was the first time that we held this initiative and it was an overwhelming success. 71 tickets were paid with food and toy donations valued at $2200.

This year, we want to help make the holiday season a little brighter for even more people in the community.”

Toy or food donations will be accepted on two days only – December 16 and 17, 2010, between 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, on the second floor of the Pickering Civic Complex, located at One The Esplanade. For more program information, please contact Municipal Law Enforcement Services at 905.420.4611 or [email protected]

Toys for tickets ‘win-win’ for Lions, Stouffville food bank

If you leave your vehicle on the street overnight, you may find yourself the recipient of a $50 fine.

In the spirit of the holiday season, the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville is once again conducting its Toys for Tickets program. This will be its fifth year running.

Between Dec. 1 and 12, if you receive a ticket for parking on the street between 2 and 6 a.m., you will be given the option to pay the fine with brand new toys, nonperishable food items, clothing or gift certificates. However, the value of the donation must be equal or greater than the fine of $50. A receipt must be provided.

“By giving the donation, you’re helping out a family. It’s a good deed,” said Nancy Cronsberry, senior bylaw enforcement officer for the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville. “The whole goal is not to have (the vehicles) on the streets during snow removal. … It’s a win-win situation.”

Last year, of the 191 tickets handed out during the first 11 days of December, 66 were paid via donation.

Donations, which will be handed over to the Stouffville Lions Club and the Whitchurch-Stouffville Food Bank for distribution, will be accepted until Dec. 17 in the reception area of the town offices, 37 Sandiford Dr., 4th floor.

Anyone from the community can also make a donation – no minimum value is required.

The town’s winter parking restrictions remain in effect until March 31, 2011.

The City of Red Deer

Toys for Tickets

Pay your parking ticket with a toy when you are issued a parking ticket between November 1 and December 3.

Toy donations in lieu of payment for parking tickets is part of The City’s Toys for Tickets program. It will assist the 2010 Red Deer Christmas Bureau in meeting its goal that no child wakes up without a toy on Christmas morning.

Toy donations will be accepted:

When: December 2 and 3 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: City Hall (First Floor) – 4914 48 Avenue

Toys donated in lieu of payment for parking tickets must be:

• age appropriate for eight to 16 year olds.
• new and unwrapped in their original packaging.
• of equal or greater value than the amount owed on the parking ticket.

The early payment rate will remain in effect when the ticket is paid for with a toy. A receipt must be presented at the time of payment, and if the toy is valued lower than the price of the ticket, the difference must be paid.

Only parking tickets issued from November 1 to December 3 are eligible.

Recommended toys include:

• fishing rods
• cars and trucks
• sleeping bags
• mp3 players
• DVD players
• games, puzzles and books
• hockey sticks
• no glue or war toys

For more information about the Toys for Tickets program please contact Inspections and Licensing at 403-342-8185.

Toys for Tickets program kicks off in downtown Trenton

EMC Lifestyles – QUINTE WEST – The third year for the Toys For Tickets program raising funds for the Kinsmen Toy Drive was officially kicked off on October 29. Trenton Kinsmen Club toy drive chair Bob Mitts brought a barrel of toys to city hall last week and a very big teddy bear.

“That’s my teddy bear!” he exclaimed. “I want that back!”

Parking enforcement officer Caitlin Ware said the city will be offering anyone with a parking ticket sticker the option to pay it in toys for the toy drive. All donations go to the annual event that collects toys for needy children every year, working with the Salvation Army who also arranges food hampers.

“The barrels will be in stores from November 8 to the 30,” Mitts said. “We will also be collecting toys during the Trenton Santa Claus parade on November 28.”

Toy distribution will be at the Trenton Lions Hall on December 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Thanks to the Lions again for use of their hall,” Mitts said.

For more information call Bob at 613-394-4801 to make a donation or arrange for a pick up of toys. Co-chair of the Toy Drive is Wynette Ellis.

CITY UNWRAPS SECOND TOYS FOR TICKETS CAMPAIGN

City of St. Albert

With the holiday season upon us, the City is unwrapping another Toys for Tickets campaign. This will be the second year that Municipal Enforcement Services is running the campaign after great success in 2009.

“We received over $4,500 in toys last year; all going towards the Fill-a-Bus campaign,” explained Aaron Giesbrecht, Manager, RCMP Administration and Community Policing. “A total of 152 out of about 270 tickets were paid for with toys, helping to put some big smiles on the faces of local children last Christmas. In many cases, motorists turned in toys that were beyond the value of the tickets.”

From November 15th to December 7th, the City will accept new, unwrapped toys as an alternative form of payment for parking violations.

Toys will be accepted for eligible parking tickets only. The following conditions apply:

* Tickets issued between November 15 and 30.
* The ticket must be paid with a toy within the early payment date range to be eligible.
* Toys must be new and in the original packaging.
* The value of the toy must equal or exceed $25 and a receipt must be presented at the time of payment.
* Payment will be accepted from November 15 – December 7 from 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the St. Albert RCMP Detachment.

“While our top priority is to ensure our community is safe, we must also look at ways that we can help residents at this very important time of year,” said Mayor Nolan Crouse. “This campaign gives motorists the chance to help out less fortunate families, and emphasizes two very important messages – keep our roads safe and help take care of our community.”

Similar Toys for Tickets campaigns have run in Red Deer, Fort St. John, Vancouver and Boston.


Some other Canadian Cities that participate in this campaign:

The Corporation of the City of Cambridge: (Ontario)
The City of Cambridge has launched the first annual Toys for Tickets campaign. Staff will be accepting unwrapped gifts from December 1 – 15 in lieu of payment for a parking ticket.

Where is the City of Cambridge, Ontario? See link.

The City of Orillia: (Ontario)
The City of Orillia invites every person who receives a parking ticket (with the exception of physically disabled parking violations) between November 1st, 2010 – December 1st, 2010, to pay the fine amount by donating a new children’s toy!

Bring the parking violation with the unwrapped toy in its original packaging and proof of purchase to the Orillia City Centre, Treasury Department, 1st Floor, 50 Andrew Street South, Orillia, Ontario, on December 3rd or December 4th, 2010 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Where is the City of Orillia, Ontario? See link.

The City of Kingston: (Ontario)
Over the last five (5) years Kingstonians were generous with this program, as 13,000 toys (with a value of $18,000.00) were collected within this program. Toys for Tickets has been a success.

Where is the City of Kingston, Ontario? See link.

Town of Collingwood:(Ontario)
In lieu of paying your parking fine, within 15 days of receiving the parking ticket, bring a new toy or non perishable food, that is of equal or greater value than the parking ticket to City Hall.

Where is the Town of Collingwood, Ontario? See link.

“The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped”.

Said by the 38th Vice-President of the United States of America, Hubert H. Humphrey at his speech at the dedication of a building bearing his name on November 4, 1977 in Washington, D.C.

If you agree that Toronto Should initiate a Toys & Food4Tickets Drive Beginning in 2011, then sign the Online Petition.



Update: December 5, 2010 – Canadians love to give

Update: December 22, 2010 – Fewer toys used to pay for parking tickets this year in Cambridge

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