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Look who donated 5,627 toys, a pile of food and $13,879 in cash and gift cards

It was you, the residents of Simcoe County
Representatives from County of Simcoe Paramedic Services joined staff from the Simcoe County Museum to collect donated toys from the Victorian Christmas celebrations. Photo supplied

County of Simcoe Paramedic Services wrapped up its 16th annual Toy Drive having collected 5,627 toys, 6,968 lbs of food, and $13,879.36 in cash and gift cards.

“The generosity of our residents was once again on full display during this year’s Paramedic Services Toy Drive,” said Warden George Cornell. “Thank you to all our contributors and to the many paramedics who volunteered their time to help bring joy to families and children in need throughout Simcoe County.”

With this year’s totals, the Toy Drive has collected 78,459 toys, 31,404 lbs of food, and approximately $158,905 in monetary and gift card donations for families across Simcoe County over the last 16 years.

“Each year I am amazed by our County of Simcoe Paramedics, their families and friends, and the students from the Paramedic programs at Georgian College and CTS Canadian Career College, who have volunteered more than 1,000 hours towards this incredible program,” said Andrew Robert, director and chief, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services. “Their efforts will help make this a Christmas to remember for so many.”

All Toy Drive donations are distributed to local children and families in need by charitable organizations working in partnership with Simcoe County Paramedic Services. Charities supported by the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services Toy Drive include the Collingwood Salvation Army, Wasaga Beach Kinettes, Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions, Barrie Christmas Cheer, a number of local food banks and Innisfil Community Church.

County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at