MEDIA RELEASE: Toy and Gift Drive 2018

print-logo November 21, 2018

Port Hope Fire and Emergency Services Partners with Port Hope Firefighters Association for Annual Toy and Gift Drive


Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - Port Hope, ON

Port Hope Fire and Emergency Services was proud to partner with the Port Hope Firefighters Association (PHFFA), who hosted the launch of the Association’s Annual Toy and Gift Drive at Fire Station 1 on Saturday, November 17, 2018 and included a “Fill The Fire Truck” campaign kick-off.

“Of the many events our department participates in, this is one that we can look forward to for years to come,” explained Fire Chief C. Ryan Edgar, Director of Fire and Emergency Services for the Municipality of Port Hope. “The holidays are a time to give back to those in need, and our participation in the Association’s Annual Toy and Gift Drive is a wonderful way for the Municipality to contribute to this very important initiative.”

For several years, the PHFFA has sponsored this holiday initiative, which has successfully collected hundreds of toys and gifts for local families, with generous donations from the community and the firefighting family.

“The Association has been actively contributing to the Salvation Army Giving Tree for many years,” explained Mark Chard, a local firefighter and coordinator of the annual drive. “Each year, we would like to increase the amount of gifts collected, to ensure that we meet the needs of each family celebrating Christmas in our community.”

There are several opportunities for the community to participate in the campaign this year, by bringing new, unwrapped gifts or toys to the following locations/events:

  • Port Hope Fire and Emergency Services, Fire Administration Office/Station #1 (245 Ontario Street)
  • Port Hope Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, November 24, 2018 (Walton and Queen Streets).
  • Dreamer’s Café (corner of Walton and Queen Streets)
  • The Chard Residence (76 Ward Street)

Unwrapped toys and gifts will be accepted until Saturday, December 15, at which point the Salvation Army will collect all items for distribution to local families in need.

For more information about the Port Hope Firefighter Association’s Toy and Gift Drive, visit

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For more information, please contact:
Kate Ingram, Communications / Community Engagement Coordinator
905-885-4544 x2248