For a less fortunate child, one gift can make all the difference this Christmas.
That is the goal behind Vernon Toyota’s third annual Toy Drive.
Donations of new unwrapped gifts or clothing for ages 0-12 years old, with an emphasis on the age group 10 to 12, can be dropped into the back of the Toyota truck in Village Green Centre.
On Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. Santa will join the truck full of toys, complete with a Toyota reindeer escort, on parade from Vernon Toyota to the old Far West building on Highway 6, the Salvation Army Christmas depot.
“It is really fun (the parade), it is amazing to see everyone get so excited and it gives the toy drive more exposure,” said Scott Robb, Vernon Toyota sales manager.
Robb’s favourite part is driving past Beairsto Elementary School with Santa in the back of the truck.
“The owners of Vernon Toyota, Marty and Bridget Steele, have a young family and they want to see that less fortunate local children get to have a special Christmas,” said Robb.
The truck will be in Village Green Centre until Jan. 5, 2015 and any toys donated after Dec. 16 will be donated the following Christmas.