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DRPS kicks off annual Food and Toy Drive

DRPS has launched its annual Food and Toy Drive. Community members can donate at Cram-A-Cruiser events which are taking place at various locations across the region. (Photo courtesy DRPS)

DRPS has officially launched the 32nd Annual DRPS Food and Toy Drive at the Kids’ Safety Village.

DRPS members joined this year’s volunteers and sponsors in committing to making this “the best year ever” for the drive.

While the pandemic has brought many restrictions and limitations, it has also brought a greater need for assistance in the community.

DRPS is encouraging community members to attend one of several outdoor Cram-A-Cruiser events taking place across the region to drop off food and toys this year, in an effort to limit visitation at the various police and fire locations.

Each event will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the following locations:

  • 5 at Costco Oshawa
  • 5 at Bargain Shop, downtown Oshawa
  • 12 at Real Canadian Superstores in Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, and Bowmanville
  • 13 at No Frills in North Oshawa
  • 20 at Canadian Tire stores in Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, and Bowmanville.

Donations can also be made at the front vestibules at any of the DRPS divisions, with the exception of Regional Headquarters, which is currently closed to the public.

Donations can also be dropped off at the Police Credit Union, at any Ajax fire hall, at Clarington Fire Headquarters, 2430 Hwy. 2, in Bowmanville, and at Oshawa Fire Headquarters, 199 Adelaide Ave. W., in Oshawa.

Members of the public must ensure they wear a mask when entering any of these locations to drop off a donation, and if possible, to disinfect the items before donating. Members of the public should not attend if feeling ill or have come in contact with someone who is ill or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

DRPS says the annual Cram-A-Cruiser events would not be possible without the help of many local businesses and fire halls that set up donation boxes or assist with the events each year.