Another Successful Year…
On December 6th of 2014 we dropped off a Jeep load of toys to the Toronto Fire Fighter’s toy drive. After months of work, it was finally time to deliver the fruit of our efforts and we left with the satisfaction of knowing that the CO4X4 club had made a difference by bringing Christmas gifts to children who would not know a Christmas otherwise. The generosity of our club members was overwhelming and I can tell you for fact, that our efforts were more than appreciated by the fire fighters who work so hard to bring so much to so many during Christmas. I never thought in a million years that we would be able to top the success of the 2014 drive but I’m happy to say, that I was wrong. It all started in late September when we started putting
together some ideas as to what we had planned for the toy drive. We spoke to the Toronto Fire Fighter’s toy drive organizers about what areas were lacking in the toy drive and the answer came back loud and clear. The weakest link in the toy drive chain was definitely in the teenager section. Simple necessities that we take for granted were luxuries to other families. Toothbrushes, floss, shampoo, body wash, deodorant and makeup were high in demand on the teen’s wish lists. I had several people comment that teens don’t “need” makeup and those people would be right. But how many items on your Christmas list are actually “needs” and not “wants”? If we could provide some of these items for the underprivileged teens, then why wouldn’t we. The biggest problem and the largest road block was money. These items are expensive and there was no way that we were going to pull this off without money and some outside help from the community as well as the support of our members. We started brainstorming to figure out how we could cut costs on the “teen packs” and get the biggest bang for the buck. We decided that we would reach out to some local businesses and see if they were willing to help out in our drive and were able to secure a donation of toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and mouthwash for our teen packs. We were off to a great start, but lacked the funds to do much more. With some fundraising efforts and donations provided from the members of the CO4X4
club and other local businesses we raised a total of $780.00 for this years toys drive. The work was finished and now it was time for the fun part; the shopping. To Costco, and Home Hardware, Walmart and Shopper’s Drug Mart we went. The final result was double what we had initially intended. We ended this year’s toy drive with a total of 20 teen packs. 10 for the boys and 10 for the girls. The girls packs consisted of a toothbrush, floss sticks, dial body wash, styling spray, hand sanitizer, dove soap, cleansing facal wipes, tampons, razors, nail polish, eye cream, socks, hair bands, assorted Cargo Cosmetics products, assorted Revlon Cosmetic products, assorted Sally Hansen nail products, assorted Cover Girl Cosmetic products, 5 cobalt gum, hair elastics, bangles and candy canes. A pretty good haul for sure The boy’s packs were nothing to turn your nose up at either. They consisted of Axe shampoo, shower gel and body spray. A toque, winter gloves, socks, deodorant, a toothbrush, floss, toothpaste, mouthwash, shaving cream, a 4 pack of razors, 5 cobalt gum, a t-shirt, a watch, hand sanitizer and candy canes. All of these packs were dressed up in a festive gift bag with red and green tissue paper. Now we just had to deliver the goods. After speaking with The Toronto Fire department, we decided on a date to deliver the packs and arrived at the warehouse at the designated time. Apparently, we were not the only ones making donations that day, but our teen packs were very gratefully accepted and sorted in the warehouse for distribution. Once again, I want to thank all of you for your continued support. Thanks to the generosity of the Central Ontario 4X4 Club and the businesses of our community, we have managed to make a significant difference to those who are not as privileged as ourselves and by doing that, we have made our community a better place to live. Thank you all. You guys are awesome.