Left to right: Randy Richards – Rock95, Kathey Stanton – Motoring, John Derlis – Impact Live
Once again this year, Barrie’s Rock 95 and KoolFM stations are teaming up for their Christmas Toy Drive. The stations work closely with about 30 charities throughout Simcoe County – from Midland and Penatangishine all the way south to Alliston – to help raise awareness of all the families that can’t afford toys for their kids and to help them put something under the Christmas tree.
Originally founded by Doug Bingley, president of Rock 95 and KoolFM, and now in its 22nd year, the toy drive helps upwards of 4000 families in the region, and has in total donated over $1 million in toys and money.
This year, the toy drive is seeking gifts of all kinds as always, but in particular those for teens, such as perfume, cologne, jewellery, watches, sports equipment, electronics, make-up kits, and toiletries.
Angelina Attisano spearheaded the toy drive and is at the helm once again. “When it comes to families in need, their numbers have grown this year over others,” she explains. “The problem is that issues like this aren’t really spoken of – people don’t often admit that they can’t afford gifts for their family – so charities like ours are able to help them out discretely to ensure that they have a happy Christmas.”
Donations can be made until December 19th by individuals or companies by dropping off a toy at the Rock 95/KoolFM station or at Canadian Tires throughout Barrie, Orillia, Alliston, Wasaga Beach, and Midland. If you aren’t able to drop off a toy or aren’t sure what to buy to help out, you can also donate money at the radio station’s Toy Drive web page: http://www.rock95.com/Toy_Drive.aspx
Helping out with the toy drive again for the 5th consecutive year is musical event specialist John Derlis of Impact Live, who is organizing and hosting its annual concert in conjunction with Rock 95/KoolFM. The concert was held on December 8th with David Wilcox, Jesse Labelle, and Durty Curty. As always, proceeds from the concert are donated to the Rock 95/KoolFM Toy Drive, along with truck loads of toys. For more information on The Toy Drive Concert, visit ImpactLive.ca
For any questions about the Toy Drive, please contact Angelina Attisano at 705-725-7304 ext. 266 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by Reay Jespersen
Kathey Stanton volunteered to help sort toys at the distribution centre