Santa has doubled his fleet to put even more smiles on the faces of children this Christmas.
Following a highly successful inaugural year, Vernon Toyota has not one, but two trucks around town for the second annual TOYota Drive.
The festively decorated (thanks to Sunshine Autographics), red Tundra Toyotas are collecting new, unwrapped toys for the Salvation Army.
With the community’s generosity, the toys make their way into the homes of less fortunate children for Christmas.
Last year’s event collected three truckloads and two car loads of toys at Santa’s workshop at the Salvation Army.
“It was pretty sparse when we got there,” recalls Scott Robb of Vernon Toyota. “And when we left, it was over the tables and on the floors.”
This year, Toyota has a truck stationed at the Village Green Centre until Dec. 27 and will have another truck at various events and locations around town.
Anyone wanting to help out is urged to drop off toys in the box of the truck where ever they see it.
The truck will be at the following locations, with Santa showing up for some of the events:
Downtown Vernon Association Light Up Friday
Silver Star Light Up Dec. 7
A&W surprise appearance for coffee days once a week
The Morning Star
Then just before Christmas, the team of sleighs (Toyotas) will parade through town en route to deliver the toys to the Salvation Army in time for Christmas.