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  • Anna Robertson

Toy drive: new partner matches donations

With their annual Toy Drive, the Low Down and the Wakefield Community Emergency Fund (WCEF) are once again joining forces to bring some extra cheer to those who need it most during this holiday season.

“We all, at some point in our lives, need a helping hand and that is what we’re doing,” said longtime WCEF volunteer, Jacqui Fitzpatrick. “We’re all neighbours. It’s our community. If we can help someone a little, why not? It’s an amazing collaboration. The Low Down, the volunteers, the agencies that support the Toy Drive — it’s a real community effort.”

By partnering with local schools, she said that the drive is able to help families in Wakefield and beyond.

And there is still time to help. Up until Dec. 9, you can bring your new, unwrapped toys to several locations throughout the Hills. For those running a little late, gifts will be accepted at the Wakefield Christmas Market at Centre Wakefield La Pêche, right up to Dec. 10.

This year the director of the Meredith Centre in Chelsea, Amanda DeGrace, said she is excited to announce that the centre will be the new Toy Drive partner in Chelsea.

She explained that the centre will be matching donations made by the public up to 50 gifts or $1,000.