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Toys for Tickets is back

Councillors Doug Sanders, front, and Bob Chapman show off some of the toys collected by the city during the 2014 edition of the Toys for Tickets program. The initiative is returning this year for the 10th time.

Councillors Doug Sanders, front, and Bob Chapman show off some of the toys collected by the city during the 2014 edition of the Toys for Tickets program. The initiative is returning this year for the 10th time.

For the 10th year, those who get a parking ticket in Oshawa can once again pay with a toy instead of money.

With the exception of those receiving a ticket for illegally parking in an accessible space or unauthorized parking, those who receive a ticket between Nov. 26 and Dec. 9 can donate a new toy in lieu of payment. Unwrapped toys along with a receipt indicating their value of the toy must match or exceed the amount owed on the ticket.

“This is an amazing opportunity to turn a ticket into a special gift for a child this Christmas and gives residents an opportunity to give back to those who need it the most,” states Councillor Amy McQuaid-England, chair of corporate services committee, in a news release.

Toys will be accepted for children aged newborn to the age of 18. All of the donated toys will go to families in need through the Durham Regional Police Service Food and Toy Drive.

In the 10 years since the program started, the Toys for Tickets has collected more than $24,000 worth of toys.

On Dec. 8 and 9, Service Oshawa will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 10.