PODCAST: The 15th Annual Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive for the SOS

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PQBeat podcasts are produced by the Black Press Media team at the Parksville Qualicum Beach News on Vancouver Island.
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Host Peter McCully welcomes Tigh-Na-Mara General Manager Paul Drummond and SOS Executive Director Susanna Newton, who discuss the impact and significance of this community-driven event.

Paul Drummond, in reflecting on the 15 years of the Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive, discusses the structure of the event, which includes a hybrid approach involving a traditional breakfast for donors through Cedar’s Restaurant and at the Community Buffet Breakfast on Wednesday, November 29th.

"Unbelievable, isn't it? You look back and, yeah, 15 years ago, we started this event, and it's grown and grown and it's just, it's remarkable’, said Drummond. "It's the start of Christmas, and they (Staff) really feel like they're doing something very big and important for the community."

Susanna Newton talks about the impact of the Toy Drive, "Last Christmas, we saw over 1,000 local adults, including many seniors, and provided gifts for over 1,000 children and youth. So, it has significant impact for the local community.” And stressed the importance of financial donations, which assist in providing essentials like food, rent, gas, and prescription medications for those in need and seniors. The community's generosity is vital, especially in a time when many people are struggling due to the high cost of living”.

From Nov. 13 to Nov. 24, Mon. – Fri., bring a new, unwrapped toy, gift card or cash donation to Cedars Restaurant during breakfast hours, and receive a free Traditional Breakfast. On Nov. 29 from 6:30 am – 10 am, the Toy Drive Breakfast event will take place. There will also be a drive-through donation drop-off from 7:30 am – 10 am.

The event allows people to contribute by donating cash, gift cards, or new unwrapped toys.

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