Wednesday July 23, 2014


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More toys for local kids

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Salvation Army co-captains Jim and Deb VanderHeyden were happy to receive over $970 worth of toys from the city's Toys for Tickets campaign to fill their Christmas hampers. Pictured from left to right: Jim VanderHeyden, City Councillors Larry Evans, Byron Stewart and Trevor Bolin, Mayor Lori Ackerman, Deb VanderHeyden, Coun. Gord Klassen and Lise Levesque, a city bylaw enforcement officer.

Itís the season of giving and forgiving, which is perhaps why the toys for tickets campaign is so popular.

People who paid their outstanding parking tickets between Dec. 1 and this past Tuesday had the option to pay for their ticket with a toy. The City of Fort St. John donated the proceeds of its Toys for Tickets campaign to the Salvation Army.

ďThis year we received 97 kidsí toys in the place of parking tickets,Ē said Lise Levesque, a Fort St. John bylaw enforcement officer.

Jim VanderHeyden, Salvation Army co-captain, said the toys will be heading out the door just as fast as they came in.

ďAll the toys go down to our toy room. Thereís been people coming in to pick up their Christmas hampers todayÖ Parents go in the room and they get to choose three toys for each child,Ē VanderHeyden said.

Lori Ackerman, Fort St. Johnís mayor, says that council and the city are happy to contribute to this worthwhile cause.

ďItís important to make sure that those who are in need at this time of year are looked after and itís just one way that the city can contribute to the needs of the community,Ē Ackerman said.

This was the sixth year that the city has run the popular campaign.

Each city parking ticket costs $10. The value of each toy in the Toys for Tickets campaign was expected to match or exceed the cost of a parking ticket, meaning that the campaign raised approximately over $970 in toys for the Salvation Army.



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