Toy Donations Needed for Calgary Teens This Holiday Season, Accepted at All Calgary London Drugs
We have once again partnered with Jack FM Radio Calgary and 660 News Calgary for the eighth annual Toys 4 Teens holiday campaign, which aims to collect gift donations for 10 to 17 year olds in Calgary.
Generous Calgarians donate thousands of gifts each year for young children through various toy drives in the city, but the number of gifts donated for teens and tweens often falls short of demand. The reason for the shortage is that teens can be a tricky group to buy for.
Whether you’re shopping for your own child, or a child in need, London Drugs has a great selection of gifts for music and book fans to mini-fashionistas and even the most hard-to-buy-for youth, at every price point.
Unwrapped gift donations can be dropped off at any Calgary, Airdrie, Lethbridge and Red Deer London Drugs location up until December 23rd. All Calgary donations go the Salvation Army Family Christmas Assistance Program. Donations in Airdrie go to the Airdrie Lioness Club Christmas Hamper Program.
As The Salvation Army welcomes the Annual Christmas tradition of ringing bells around the city for the 124th year, we are grateful to London Drugs for the continual support they provide to the Christmas campaign.
Each year, The Salvation Army relies on the support of corporate partners such as London Drugs who not only allow Christmas Kettles to be placed at their stores each year, but provide the opportunity for customers to give directly at the till in all London Drug stores.
The campaign enables local Salvation Army units to work with individuals and families to provide them with basic necessities such as food, clothing, shelter and other provisions.
The Salvation Army has provided hope and dignity for more than 130 years through the generosity of donors and volunteers. Hosted at more than 2,000 locations across Canada, the annual Christmas Kettle Campaign is the organization’s largest fundraising drive of the year and would not be possible without great partners like London Drugs.
“Every year we are amazed and truly thankful for the generosity of our friends, families and neighbours who help The Salvation Army in its war against poverty,” shared Commissioner Susan McMillan, Commissioner for The Salvation Army Canada & Bermuda.
Beyond donating to The Salvation Army’s physical Christmas Kettles, donations to the 2014 Christmas Campaign can be made at www.FilltheKettle.com, www.SalvationArmy.ca/britishcolumbia, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) or via mail to The Salvation Army, 2 Overlea Blvd, Toronto, ON M4H 1P4.
In 2011 London Drugs provided the Salvation Army with wireless pin pads at two locations to increase their donations. With the continued trend of people carrying less cash and more cards in their wallets, this year London Drugs is providing kettle workers at four of its largest locations with wireless pin pads this holiday season.
From Saturday December 15 until Monday, December 24, four locations will offer the ability to make a donation to the Salvation Army using debit and credit cards.
London Drugs & Rogers Radio Partner to Provide Toys for Teens this Christmas
The reality is that many families can’t afford Christmas gifting and it’s teenagers that are often the forgotten ones this time of year. Many prefer to shop for younger children, enjoying the chance to browse the toy aisles. Since it is a little more challenging to shop for a teen, every year the Salvation Army is short on gifts for those aged 10 – 17.
Jack FM Radio Calgary and 660 News Calgary ask you to consider a teen to your Christmas shopping list this year in support of the annual “Toys for Teens” holiday campaign. The campaign is part of the Salvation Army’s Family Christmas Assistance Program which – thanks to the generous donations of Calgarians – provided gifts for 5,448 children last year, of which 1,496 were teens. Rogers Radiohopes to help increase the number this year.
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London Drugs presented a donation of $2362.70 to The Salvation Army, British Columbia division. The total was collected from wireless pin pads that were given to The Salvation Army during their Christmas Kettle Campaign in 2011. Kettle workers stationed at two of London Drugs largest locations, Broadway and Cambie in Vancouver and Lonsdale Ave in North Vancouver gave passerby and customers the ability to make a donation to the Salvation Army using their debit and credit cards.
The Salvation Army provides much needed food, clothing and social support to thousands of individuals and families throughout the year. In addition to the pin pads, London Drugs accepted donations at the cashiers at all 34 of its Lower Mainland stores, with donations going directly to those citizens living in the communities where the donations were made.
In attendance at the cheque presentation were Major Brian Venables, divisional secretary for public relations and development Salvation Army, and Dave Woogman, London Drugs Cambie and Broadway store manager.