Don’t Want To Pony Up For Your Parking Ticket? In Red Deer, You Can Pay In Donated Toys

10 Nov 2013 10:13 AM | Deleted user
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From November 1 until December 6, any motorist who receives a parking ticket in the city can donate a toy of equal or greater value instead of paying their ticket. The toys go to the Red Deer Christmas Bureau, which seeks to provide presents and full Christmas meals to families in the community.

“It’s all about giving back to the community,” Fred Dieno, the city's parking coordinator, said in a release about the Toys for Tickets program, now in its seventh year. As with most toy drives, the donations must be unwrapped and in their original packaging. Recommended toys include fishing rods, MP3 players and hockey sticks, although war toys and glue are discouraged.

Red Deer is not the only Canadian city to launch a Toys for Tickets campaign — St. Albert, Alberta hopped on board in 2009, and in the Vancouver area, the private parking operator Impark has run a similar campaign with the Salvation Army. But for a city of about 90,000, the results in Red Deer have been pretty impressive: they've collected over 3,300 toys over the life of the program.

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