DeadMau5 catches wind of Halton police Toys for Tots campaign launch in Oakville

Community Nov 18, 2016 by John Bkila Oakville Beaver

Halton police didn’t have to wait long to see their 'Power of One' theme for the 17th annual Toys for Tots Holiday Campaign go into effect.

Milton’s Joel Zimmerman — of DeadMau5 fame — saw a tweet from the regional police force about the campaign during its launch this morning (Friday) at Oakville’s Canadian Tire on Dundas Street East and headed down immediately to support the cause, he told the Oakville Beaver.

He purchased a shopping cart full of toys and just as organizers were packing up, he asked where he could drop off his donation.

It’s that kind of initiative Halton Regional Police Service says it hopes will spread in the communities of Oakville, Burlington and Milton over the next 37 days to ensure less fortunate children and families don’t miss out during the Christmas season.

“It only takes one person to bring the Toys for Tots campaign into your community,” said Const. Judy Dugas, regional manager for the Halton police Toys for Tots Campaign, during the launch.

“You can take it into your business, your school, place of worship, sports team and connect with us to run a toy drive… we want to put that challenge out that you have the power to impact and make a difference in the lives of a child and their family.”

The campaign, which sees much-needed gifts provided to those in need during the holidays, is put on in partnership with the Salvation Army (which oversees the distribution of donations), Canadian Tire, Mandarin Restaurant and Halton Honda, which donated a vehicle to pick up donations around the community.

Residents can drop off new, unwrapped toys, gift cards or cash at any Halton police station.

The Halton Regional Police Service Headquarters is located at 1151 Bronte Rd., while the Oakville District Police Station is located at 95 Oak Walk Dr.

For a complete list of drop-off locations and gift ideas for children and teens, visit www.haltonpolice.ca/about/events/ToysforTots.php.

“This program allows us to bring so much goodwill in this community. It’s all of you that come together… to help those in the community know we’re there for them in these difficult times,” said Dugas.

Last year’s total raised was $345,000, according to Dugas, who noted organizers hope to beat that amount during this year’s campaign.

During Friday’s launch, Maj. Mike Hennessy spoke on behalf of the Salvation Army’s Oakville and Burlington chapters and mentioned there would also be a kettle located at the Oakville Canadian Tire for the first time, as part of Sally Ann’s annual holiday fundraising Kettle Campaign.

Salvation Army’s Christmas assistance program is benefitted by Toys for Tots, explained Hennessy.

“(It) means that 400 families in Oakville, including 600 children, will have a bigger and better Christmas,” he said, noting Burlington Salvation Army supports 1,100 families.

“We believe that today, with this kick off and this partnership with Toys for Tots, that we can ensure many people will have a better and greater Christmas experience,” Hennessy added.

Wrestling legends, humanitarians and honourary Halton police officers Tiger Jeet Singh and his son Tiger Ali Singh were also in attendance at the launch.

The Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation has been partners with Halton police’s Toys for Tots campaign for approximately six years and has run its annual Miracle on Main Street toy drive in partnership with the cause.

The eighth rendition of which is set for Monday, Dec. 12 in Milton.

For Halton Deputy Chief Nishan Duraiappah, Toys for Tots is “a remarkable thing.”

“It represents one of the emphases we as a police organization are putting forward and that is bringing together people from all across the community to improve the quality of life that we have in this region,” he said at Friday’s launch. “The simple act of gift giving has a remarkable impact.”

DeadMau5 catches wind of Halton police Toys for Tots campaign launch in Oakville

Electronic music producer gives shopping cart full of toys for 17th annual drive

Community Nov 18, 2016 by John Bkila Oakville Beaver

Halton police didn’t have to wait long to see their 'Power of One' theme for the 17th annual Toys for Tots Holiday Campaign go into effect.

Milton’s Joel Zimmerman — of DeadMau5 fame — saw a tweet from the regional police force about the campaign during its launch this morning (Friday) at Oakville’s Canadian Tire on Dundas Street East and headed down immediately to support the cause, he told the Oakville Beaver.

He purchased a shopping cart full of toys and just as organizers were packing up, he asked where he could drop off his donation.

It’s that kind of initiative Halton Regional Police Service says it hopes will spread in the communities of Oakville, Burlington and Milton over the next 37 days to ensure less fortunate children and families don’t miss out during the Christmas season.

“It only takes one person to bring the Toys for Tots campaign into your community,” said Const. Judy Dugas, regional manager for the Halton police Toys for Tots Campaign, during the launch.

“You can take it into your business, your school, place of worship, sports team and connect with us to run a toy drive… we want to put that challenge out that you have the power to impact and make a difference in the lives of a child and their family.”

The campaign, which sees much-needed gifts provided to those in need during the holidays, is put on in partnership with the Salvation Army (which oversees the distribution of donations), Canadian Tire, Mandarin Restaurant and Halton Honda, which donated a vehicle to pick up donations around the community.

Residents can drop off new, unwrapped toys, gift cards or cash at any Halton police station.

The Halton Regional Police Service Headquarters is located at 1151 Bronte Rd., while the Oakville District Police Station is located at 95 Oak Walk Dr.

For a complete list of drop-off locations and gift ideas for children and teens, visit www.haltonpolice.ca/about/events/ToysforTots.php.

“This program allows us to bring so much goodwill in this community. It’s all of you that come together… to help those in the community know we’re there for them in these difficult times,” said Dugas.

Last year’s total raised was $345,000, according to Dugas, who noted organizers hope to beat that amount during this year’s campaign.

During Friday’s launch, Maj. Mike Hennessy spoke on behalf of the Salvation Army’s Oakville and Burlington chapters and mentioned there would also be a kettle located at the Oakville Canadian Tire for the first time, as part of Sally Ann’s annual holiday fundraising Kettle Campaign.

Salvation Army’s Christmas assistance program is benefitted by Toys for Tots, explained Hennessy.

“(It) means that 400 families in Oakville, including 600 children, will have a bigger and better Christmas,” he said, noting Burlington Salvation Army supports 1,100 families.

“We believe that today, with this kick off and this partnership with Toys for Tots, that we can ensure many people will have a better and greater Christmas experience,” Hennessy added.

Wrestling legends, humanitarians and honourary Halton police officers Tiger Jeet Singh and his son Tiger Ali Singh were also in attendance at the launch.

The Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation has been partners with Halton police’s Toys for Tots campaign for approximately six years and has run its annual Miracle on Main Street toy drive in partnership with the cause.

The eighth rendition of which is set for Monday, Dec. 12 in Milton.

For Halton Deputy Chief Nishan Duraiappah, Toys for Tots is “a remarkable thing.”

“It represents one of the emphases we as a police organization are putting forward and that is bringing together people from all across the community to improve the quality of life that we have in this region,” he said at Friday’s launch. “The simple act of gift giving has a remarkable impact.”

DeadMau5 catches wind of Halton police Toys for Tots campaign launch in Oakville

Electronic music producer gives shopping cart full of toys for 17th annual drive

Community Nov 18, 2016 by John Bkila Oakville Beaver

Halton police didn’t have to wait long to see their 'Power of One' theme for the 17th annual Toys for Tots Holiday Campaign go into effect.

Milton’s Joel Zimmerman — of DeadMau5 fame — saw a tweet from the regional police force about the campaign during its launch this morning (Friday) at Oakville’s Canadian Tire on Dundas Street East and headed down immediately to support the cause, he told the Oakville Beaver.

He purchased a shopping cart full of toys and just as organizers were packing up, he asked where he could drop off his donation.

It’s that kind of initiative Halton Regional Police Service says it hopes will spread in the communities of Oakville, Burlington and Milton over the next 37 days to ensure less fortunate children and families don’t miss out during the Christmas season.

“It only takes one person to bring the Toys for Tots campaign into your community,” said Const. Judy Dugas, regional manager for the Halton police Toys for Tots Campaign, during the launch.

“You can take it into your business, your school, place of worship, sports team and connect with us to run a toy drive… we want to put that challenge out that you have the power to impact and make a difference in the lives of a child and their family.”

The campaign, which sees much-needed gifts provided to those in need during the holidays, is put on in partnership with the Salvation Army (which oversees the distribution of donations), Canadian Tire, Mandarin Restaurant and Halton Honda, which donated a vehicle to pick up donations around the community.

Residents can drop off new, unwrapped toys, gift cards or cash at any Halton police station.

The Halton Regional Police Service Headquarters is located at 1151 Bronte Rd., while the Oakville District Police Station is located at 95 Oak Walk Dr.

For a complete list of drop-off locations and gift ideas for children and teens, visit www.haltonpolice.ca/about/events/ToysforTots.php.

“This program allows us to bring so much goodwill in this community. It’s all of you that come together… to help those in the community know we’re there for them in these difficult times,” said Dugas.

Last year’s total raised was $345,000, according to Dugas, who noted organizers hope to beat that amount during this year’s campaign.

During Friday’s launch, Maj. Mike Hennessy spoke on behalf of the Salvation Army’s Oakville and Burlington chapters and mentioned there would also be a kettle located at the Oakville Canadian Tire for the first time, as part of Sally Ann’s annual holiday fundraising Kettle Campaign.

Salvation Army’s Christmas assistance program is benefitted by Toys for Tots, explained Hennessy.

“(It) means that 400 families in Oakville, including 600 children, will have a bigger and better Christmas,” he said, noting Burlington Salvation Army supports 1,100 families.

“We believe that today, with this kick off and this partnership with Toys for Tots, that we can ensure many people will have a better and greater Christmas experience,” Hennessy added.

Wrestling legends, humanitarians and honourary Halton police officers Tiger Jeet Singh and his son Tiger Ali Singh were also in attendance at the launch.

The Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation has been partners with Halton police’s Toys for Tots campaign for approximately six years and has run its annual Miracle on Main Street toy drive in partnership with the cause.

The eighth rendition of which is set for Monday, Dec. 12 in Milton.

For Halton Deputy Chief Nishan Duraiappah, Toys for Tots is “a remarkable thing.”

“It represents one of the emphases we as a police organization are putting forward and that is bringing together people from all across the community to improve the quality of life that we have in this region,” he said at Friday’s launch. “The simple act of gift giving has a remarkable impact.”