APPLAUSE: Sponsors vital to toy drive

To the Editor,

The Great Nanaimo Toy Drive would like to thank two of our community sponsors for helping kick off the 28th annual drive in style.

Thanks must go to Woodgrove Centre for not only hosting the kick off event, but for also making a cash donation of $1,000.

A big thank you as well to the organizers of the inaugural  the Nanaimo Toy Run.  These dedicated community bikers contributed $4,425 in cash and more than $4,000 in toys collected at the July event.

The cash and toys are greatly appreciated, as few toys were left after the 2010 Toy Drive.

Our cupboard was almost bare and after just two days of registration, we have more than 300 families who registered their children for this year’s event.

We hope these examples of the Christmas spirit  and giving to others will inspire  more people throughout Nanaimo to donate toys or cash to the toy drive. We really need the help.

Drop boxes are in Woodgrove, Nanaimo North Town and Country Club centres, all three Nanaimo Fire Rescue fire halls, the Port Theatre and Budget Self-Storage in north Nanaimo.

For more information, please go to

Carolyn Iles

The Great Nanaimo Toy Drive

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