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Toy Mountain on Sparks: Your At-Work Santas

Sparks Street businesses are stepping up to help local families!

You can help us spread smiles and holiday cheer this Christmas season!

Drop off a new & unwrapped toy to any of the following At-Work Santa locations on Sparks:

83 Sparks Street Toy Drop Off Hours:

Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

220 Sparks Street

Toy Drop Off Hours: Friday, Dec. 3rd - Saturday, Dec. 4th: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Sunday, Dec. 5th: CLOSED

Monday, Dec. 6th - Wednesday, Dec. 8th: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Thursday, Dec. 9th - Friday, Dec. 10th: 9:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Saturday, Dec. 11th: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Sunday, Dec. 12th: 10:30 AM -3:30 PM

Monday, Dec. 13th - Wednesday, Dec. 15th: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Thursday, Dec. 16th - Friday, December 17th: 9:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Bonus: Howard will match a toy for each toy dropped off!

206 Sparks Street

Toy Drop Off Hours: Sunday & Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday & Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Thursday & Friday: 10:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Saturday: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Bonus: Per drop off True Bijoux is offering 10% off in-stock earrings, necklaces, and bracelets (excludes special orders and services)!

90 Sparks Street

Toy Drop Off Hours: Sunday & Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday: 8:00 AM - 8 PM

Saturday: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

SPECIAL TOY MOUNTAIN DROP OFF DAY: Join Sparks Street on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10th 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM live from The Shed (Sparks & Bank) to drop off a new & unwrapped toy.

Can't get down to a Sparks Street At-Work Santa location?

We'd sure love to see you - but supporters are definitely able to make financial donations ONLINE! It goes a long way for toys and family community services.

This Age Group Needs Your Help:

New and unwrapped toys are accepted for Ages 0-12 The Salvation Army reminds donors that the following age groups are often forgotten when donations are being made:

  • Babies

  • 8-10 year-olds

  • 11-12 year-olds

Gift Ideas?

Popular items for the older-aged kids include: digital music players, curling irons, hair dryers, hair kits, makeup kits, electronics, books, and hoodies, sporting goods, backpacks, school supplies, board games, scarves, gloves, mitts.

Toy Mountain By The Numbers:

For 26 years, The Salvation Army’s Ottawa Booth Centre (OBC) oversees the collection and distribution of new unwrapped toys to over 7,500 underprivileged families in the Ottawa area annually.

The Salvation Army Toy Mountain staff, media partners, sponsors, and volunteers handed out bags of toys to the parents of almost 25,000 kids in 2020!

The large colored bags that are distributed contain an average of three new toys and an assortment of stocking stuffers.

The toys come from Ottawa-area businesses, schools, organizations, community groups with major partnership and logistics support from CTV Ottawa and iHeartRadio MOVE 100

2020 Toy Mountain Campaign: • Toy bags distributed: 24,964 • Number of gifts per bag: 3 • Average number of kids/family: 3 • Age categories of the kids: Babies, 1-2, 3-4, 5-7, 8-10, and 11-12 • Number of volunteers: 1000 • Number of days of the campaign: 18 • Year Toy Mountain began in Ottawa: 1997

Resources: Registration for Eligible Families

To receive toys from Toy Mountain, eligible families can contact 211, the Community Navigation of Eastern Ontario. Representatives from 211’s information centre will ask parents a few basic questions:

  • Name of child (children)

  • Date of birth

  • Gender

  • Family income

  • Family contact information

The 211 Representative will enter the required information into the Toy Mountain database. This database is a vital component to the success of the campaign.

Once the information entry process is complete, the 211 representative will provide the caller with their toy pick up appointment date and registration confirmation number.

The 211 Representative will also inform clients that they will be asked to provide the following documentation upon arrival at the Toy Centre prior to collecting their toys.

  • Original photo identification of themselves and their children

  • Proof of income indicating that they qualify for the toys

  • Registration confirmation number assigned to them

These conditions are strictly followed to ensure toys are distributed only to eligible families.

Eligible families may also register their children at their local participating Community Centre/Agency.

Thanks for your support, Ottawa!!

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