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TTC employees "stuff the buses"
collect new, unwrapped toys for kids

TTC employees are hosting their annual Stuff-the-Bus Toy Drive at participating Walmart stores across Toronto this weekend. This year, the employees will set up five of the TTC’s 12-metre (40-foot) buses as drop-off stops for new, unwrapped toys, which they’ll donate to the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness.

The Stuff-the-Bus weekend drive officially kicked off this morning, Friday, November 27, on Q107’s Derringer in the Morning Friday, November 29, from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., when the TTC’s chief executive officer, Andy Byford accepted donations outside Corus Quay on the eastern waterfront at 25 Dockside Drive. The Stuff-the-Bus drive then swung by George Brown College’s Waterfront Campus, where students, staff and faculty had collected toys for the TTC.The bus is now parked at its final “Stuff-the-Bus” preview stop, when it accepts donations in front of the Walmart store at Eglinton Avenue East and Pharmacy Avenue until 8 p.m. tonight.

TTC staff receive toys to “stuff the bus” at each of these five Walmart stores Saturday, November 28 and Sunday, November 29:

  • 1900 Eglinton Avenue East (at Eglinton Avenue East and Pharmacy Avenue) — until 8 p.m. Friday, from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday;
  • 3132 Eglinton Avenue East (at Eglinton Avenue East and Markham Road) — from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday;
  • 799 Milner Avenue (near Milner and Morningside Avenues, just north of Highway 401) — from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday;
  • 165 North Queen Street (near Highway 427 and The Queensway) — from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and
  • 2525 St. Clair Avenue West (near St. Clair Avenue West and Runnymede Road) — from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

TTC employees have been conducting a Stuff-the-Bus toy drive during the holiday season for the since 2007. According to the TTC, “This is a labour of love for TTC operator Kevin Kane and his team of volunteer operators”. Last year’s drive gave Christmas gifts to more than 500 families with children. This year, the group hopes to raise more than $70,000 worth of donations.

To date, the toy drive has brightened Christmas by helping more than 4,000 families and 13,000 children. The toy drive has collected more than $300,000 worth of toys since it started eight years ago and Kane and his team expect to raise more than $70,000 in donations this holiday season.

The Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness is a national, charitable organization that has served Canadians since 1993. The Centre’s mandate is to significantly reduce the incidence and impact of abuse through education and public awareness. It operates solely on private donations without sustaining funds from any government body.

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