Realtor Chace Whitson, left, and builder Carson Shanks, delivered $2,000 in toys to Carey Salvador at the Mary Winspear Centre for the Peninsula Santa’s Helpers toy drive in 2017. The pair purchased the gifts from Buddies Toys in Sidney and challenge their counterparts to do the same or better this season. (Peninsula News Review/File photo)

Realtor Chace Whitson, left, and builder Carson Shanks, delivered $2,000 in toys to Carey Salvador at the Mary Winspear Centre for the Peninsula Santa’s Helpers toy drive in 2017. The pair purchased the gifts from Buddies Toys in Sidney and challenge their counterparts to do the same or better this season. (Peninsula News Review/File photo)

Donations down, Peninsula Santa’s Helpers worry heading into final week of toy drive

Coin, toy drive supports 250 children registered with the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank

With a week left to collect donations, organizers of the Peninsula Santa’s Helpers toy drive worry they won’t have enough gifts for the 250 children registered with the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank.

Both new toys and coin donations to the Peninsula News Review’s Coins for Kids campaign that directly supports the toy drive are extremely low.

“We are still in need of donations for all ages. Great options are art supplies, sports equipment and board games,” says Carey Salvador says

READ ALSO: Saanich Peninsula paramedics stock shelves at Sidney foodbank

Peninsula Santa’s Helpers is the only toy drive that works directly with the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank Christmas hamper program to ensure no one in the community goes without during the holidays. All donations go directly to families on the Peninsula.

Donations of new toys are accepted until Dec. 17 and can be dropped off at the Mary Winspear Centre, Peninsula News Review, Buddies Toys, Panorama Recreation Centre and Van Isle Marina.



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