Looking for a quick and easy way of getting rid of those discontinued pennies and silver collecting dust or in a jar somewhere?
The Peninsula News Review and other Black Press newspapers on Vancouver Island are once again holding the Coins for Kids campaign.
Your community newspaper is collecting your coins for local charity. On the Saanich Peninsula, the News Review will be collecting for the Secret Santas’ Toys for Tots effort that brings joy to children in need this holiday season.
The coins raised in last year’s effort also went to the Toys for Tots campaign and it was an overall success, raising more than $3,000. The staff of the News Review are hoping the community will be just as generous and will be accepting coins at various locations around the Saanich Peninsula and of course at the newspaper office on Second Street in Sidney.
The Toys for Tots effort is ongoing throughout the year, with a specific emphasis on Christmas, of course. The campaign has begun and there are collection spots throughout the Peninsula.
New, unwrapped toys can be left at the Mary Winspear Centre — the Toy Warehouse. This is the primary drop off place as the Centre has kindly offered secure storage during the collection time as well as facilities for gift wrapping in the middle of December.
Other toy drop off locations:
• Camosun Re/Max on Bevan Avenue between First and Second streets
• TD Bank on Beacon Avenue, corner of Fifth and Beacon
• Serious Coffee on Beacon Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets.