911 We Care Toy Drive gets lift from kind-hearted donation
2019-12-10 11:45 PST
Boxes full of donated toys are gathered for a delivery to SHARE Community and Family Services Society by Jennifer Blakeman, a Coquitlam RCMP telecoms operator. The plain box in the left foreground of the photo was brought in by a woman who lost her one-year-old grandson this year.
The 911 We Care Toy Drive has exceeded last year’s totals, but it’s the story of a single donation that has touched the hearts of the event’s organizers and showed the true spirit of Christmas generosity.
A woman came to our Coquitlam RCMP front counter carrying a large box of donations with a photo of a baby attached, says Jill Van Os, the supervisor of the Coquitlam RCMP’s 911 dispatchers and telecommunications operators who organized the toy drive.
She donated the box because her young grandson passed away earlier this year. She said her family was buying toys for other children in the community since they couldn’t buy toys for their own. That generosity is the reason we do this toy drive.
The large donation helped put the detachment over the top and narrowly exceed last year’s totals. For 2019, more than 400 toys and gifts went straight to the Christmas hamper at SHARE Community and Family Services Society, a Tri-Cities-based charity that works with families in need.
The annual 911 We Care Toy Drive plans to return next year to gather items for families at Christmas. If you ever feel inspired to help people around the Tri-Cities, SHARE accepts donations year-round.
Cpl. Michael McLaughlinMedia Relations Officer
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