Jeep Club toy drive kicks into gear

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The North Nova — Nova Scotia Jeep Club is getting into gear to start its annual toy drive for kids.

This will mark three years of giving for the local chapter of the Jeep club.

Speaking on behalf of the club Belinda Ingemansen says the drive begins Saturday, Nov. 21 at Canadian Tire and again Saturday, Dec. 5, also at the same location and will run from 1 until 4 p.m. each day.

Anyone who wants to donate but is unable to make it on either of these days is encouraged to drop off their toys at the United Way of Pictou County office in Victoria Plaza, 342 Stewart St., New Glasgow, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

The collected toys — which must be left unwrapped — will be distributed to agencies such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Kids First, the women’s centre and others with vulnerable families, just before Christmas by the United Way.

The toy drive has been an incredible success, says Ingemansen. “Last year we filled four Jeeps. We had more than $13,500 in toys and monetary donations last year alone and we’re hoping to get that or surpass it this year.”

In terms of collection, Jeep Club members are looking for toys that range from those suitable for toddlers to tots to teens. “Anything from stuffies, to games, Barbies to trucks. Last year, with the money we received, we picked up hockey sticks, baseball gloves and basketballs, just to hit that youth age demographic.”

COVID-19 continues to be a player in everything that takes place and the toy drive is no exception. The dropoff sites will be contactless, social distancing will be followed and masks will be worn.

Last year’s toy drive was an overwhelming success. (File photo)