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County paramedics launch 20th annual toy drive

Paramedics have collected more than 94,000 toys, 46,442 pounds of food and more than $222,548 in monetary and gift card donations since drive began
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This year marks the 20th anniversary of the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services Toy Drive, providing much-needed support to individuals and families in need across Simcoe County.

As residents feel the financial pinch of the holiday season, paramedics continue to remind everyone that a little can go a long way, and are encouraging residents to consider donating whatever they can afford virtually by visiting New, unwrapped toys, non-perishable food items and gift cards (with the gift card value denoted) are still appreciated and can be dropped off at one of the locations listed below.

Over the previous 19 years, the toy drive has collected 94,263 toys, 46,442 pounds of food and more than $222,548 in monetary and gift card donations for families across Simcoe County.

“What started as a desire to help residents who may be struggling to provide their children with the Christmas they deserve has turned into a movement that County of Simcoe paramedics have embraced and continue to drive forward,” said Warden George Cornell. “I commend our paramedics for recognizing this need and taking action, and I thank the generous residents of Simcoe County for their ongoing support of our toy drive.”

Donation locations

County of Simcoe Administration Centre, 1110 Hwy. 26 in Midhurst, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and at the following County of Simcoe paramedic stations, where outdoor drop boxes are available:

  • Alliston — 6933 Industrial Pkwy., Alliston
  • Angus — 1 Tree Top St., Angus
  • Barrie-Simcoe Emergency Services Campus — 110 Fairview Dr., Barrie
  • Barrie North — 667 Bayfield St., Barrie
  • Barrie Tiffin — 113 Tiffin St., Barrie
  • Beeton — 51 Main St. E., Beeton
  • Bradford — 170 Artesian Industrial Pkwy., units 6 and 7, Bradford
  • Coldwater — 1 Firehall Lane, Coldwater
  • Collingwood — 169 St. Paul St., Collingwood
  • Craighurst — 2298 Horseshoe Valley Rd., Oro-Medonte
  • Elmvale — 17 Allenwood Rd., Elmvale
  • Midland — 395 Cranston Cres., Midland
  • Orillia — 68 West St. S., Orillia
  • Penetanguishene — 10 Robert St. W., Penetanguishene
  • Stayner — 6993 Hwy. 26, Stayner
  • Stroud — 2394 Victoria St. W., Stroud
  • Wasaga Beach — 23 Oxbow Park Rd., Wasaga Beach
  • Washago — 401 Anchor Dr., Severn

In addition to the above, many locations across the county will also be accepting donations and pop-up collection points may be in a community near you, including the following:

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022

  • Collingwood Walmart — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Collingwood Santa Claus Parade — 5 to 6 p.m.
  • Orillia Santa Claus Parade — 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Angus Santa Claus Parade — 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Alliston Santa Claus Parade — 6 to 7 p.m.

For an up-to-date list, visit