Tiny Tim Toy Drive returns in help of Kelowna Sally Ann – Kelowna Information

Tiny Tim Toy Drive returns

Hundreds of gifts were dropped off at the Coast Capri Hotel Wednesday morning for the 22nd annual Tiny Tim Toy Drive in support of the Salvation Army.

“This is a fantastic event, but to experience it here today is just wonderful,” said Mark Wagner of Kelowna’s Salvation Army. “People are coming in and bringing their toys and then going and enjoying a breakfast provided by this Capri Centre, it’s just a wonderful and joyous event.”

According to the Salvation Army, applications for support are up around 25 per cent from last year.

“I think coming out of the pandemic we’ve got a nice flu season going, we’ve got the inflation, we’ve got the interest rates, which is a lot of pressure on families,” he continued.

“Our toy store opens on December 12 and so we need to have a bunch of toys ready to go. This is going to help us to be prepared with lots of good stuff that parents can choose for their children.”

Coast Capri Hotel general manager Dale Sivucha says they are proud of the community’s support.

“There’s certainly a lot of families that are in need at this time, and through the pandemic it really brought a lot of families and companies together, so we’ve seen this event be so symbolic of such hard times.”

“But to see how the community has pulled through and to see the gifts behind me, it makes it all worthwhile for us.”

The hotel says they will be accepting toy donations for the Salvation Army until Dec. 7.

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