Great Nanaimo Toy Drive now holding registration

Initiative provides donated toys, books, games, stuffed animals and more to families that are unable to provide at Christmas.

For some families struggling to put food on the table and pay all the bills on time, Christmas gifts can often be out of reach. Fortunately for those families, their children won’t have to go without a gift at Christmas.

Registration is underway for the Great Nanaimo Toy Drive, which provides donated toys, books, games, stuffed animals and more to families that are unable to provide at Christmas.

Once registered, parents will be given a date and time and the location where they can go and select unwrapped presents for their children. Toy drive volunteers do not wrap gifts. Incorrect information appeared in Thursday’s issue and the News Bulletin regrets the error and any inconvenience it caused.

Toy drive registration runs until Dec. 3 at all Nanaimo food bank sites. Parents can also register at University Village Mall, near the bingo hall entrance, from Dec. 5-10 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., except on Saturday when registration ends at 4 p.m. Families must bring ID for all the children up to 16 years as well as proof of address for the family.

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