TORONTO, Dec. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - The toys are on the move! Nearly 7000
children in Canada's most isolated communities will be receiving a new
toy this season thanks to the volunteers of the Toys for the North toy
drive. Now in the fourth year, the R.C.M.P. coordinates the sorting,
transportation and delivery of all the toys and each year assists in
the selection of the communities who will receive them.
The majority of the toys are donated by the member companies of the Canadian Toy Association representing Canada's toy industry. Thomson Terminals provides the
warehousing and transportation for the first leg of the journey where
the toys are sorted and wrapped. This year Thomson Terminals has
designed a special "Toys for the North" truck trailer emblazoned with the logos of all the major partners and
donor companies. Along with a generous donation of diapers and baby
wipes from Kimberly-Clark and wrapping paper from Hallmark Canada, the
fully loaded transport truck rolled down the 401 highway in a transport
truck enroute to Canadian Forces Base Trenton. The logistics involved
in getting thousands of toys from a warehouse in Toronto to isolated
communities is made considerably easier by the Canadian Forces who load
the toys (and diapers) onto planes and trucks wherever there is
available cargo space, and send them to staging points in Winnipeg,
Goose Bay and northern Ontario.
For photos visit the Ontario RCMP Newsroom and click on this news release.
"2 Air Movements Squadron is very good at making sure cargo gets to the
right destination", added Lieutenant-Colonel (Lt.-Col.) David
Alexander, 8 Wing Chief of Staff. "This is very much a multi-faceted
effort and we (Canadian Armed Forces) are thrilled and excited to
support the RCMP", concluded Lt.-Col. Alexander.
From loading the toys at Thomson Terminals, Insp. Todd Gilmore, the
R.C.M.P. National Coordinator of Toys for the North then made his way
to Trenton for the arrival of the transport truck. "I arrived there at
around 10 am and was extremely well received by the Canadian Forces.
Their machine was in motion and being part of the team that, together,
sends that thoughtful message of warmth and caring is truly an
enriching experience …" said Insp. Gilmore.
The R.C.M.P. members, families and community volunteer groups in the
northern communities volunteer their time to wrap and label the toys
and get them further on their way to communities which may only be
accessible by float plane, ice highway or snowmobile. Wherever
possible, R.C.M.P. and local leaders coordinate an event where families
can gather for a festive day or evening celebration around the toy
distribution to every child.
"Our members serve the communities, in which they live and work, in many
significant ways each and every day, whether it is through coaching,
teaching, mentoring or other volunteer activities," explained RCMP
Inspector Todd Gilmore. "It's very rewarding to be part of a such a
positive force, especially during the holiday season when giving can
mean so much, sending a warm message across great distances that we
care about all Canadians, all peoples that make up this great country
no matter where they live, being part of an effort to bring joy and
happiness to children and families in some of the farthest reaches of
SOURCE: Royal Canadian Mounted Police