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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Many local businesses and community members are getting into the Christmas spirit by running toy drives for the Salvation Army and the Women’s Resource Society.

Local MLA Dan Davies is collecting new, unwrapped toys or gift cards for displaced Ukrainian children aged 1 to 18 living in the North Peace.

Donations can be dropped off at Davies’ office, which is located at 10104 100th Street and is open Monday to Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Davies said he wanted to do something for the displaced Ukrainians after hearing their stories.

“The one family, they had to swim across the river and leave their luggage all behind, so they got here with literally the shirts on their backs,” he said.

Dan Davies toy drive poster. (Dan Davies - Peace River North - Facebook)
(Dan Davies – Peace River North – Facebook)

Century 21 Energy Realty is also holding its annual Christmas Toy Drive until December 16th.

Century 21 is collecting unwrapped toys and pyjamas for children aged 0-17 to be donated to the Salvation Army.

Century 21 Toy Drive drop-off locations:

  • Tiamat Solutions: 10623 Alaska Road South
  • RBC: 10312 100th Street
  • CW Inspections: 13357 Charlie Lake Crescent, Charlie Lake
  • MNP: #600-10611 102nd Street
  • Surerus Murphy: 10912 91st Avenue
  • Shattered Images Hair Removal: 8615 101st Avenue
  • Frontier Law: 101-10343 100th Avenue
  • Tidy Trucking Ltd: 8812 109th Street
  • Macenna: 101-8812 109th Street
Century 21 Toy Drive poster. (Century 21 Energy Realty - Fort St. John - Facebook)
(Century 21 Energy Realty – Fort St. John – Facebook)

Home Hardware is holding a Salvation Army Toy Drive with Moose FM live on location on December 16th and 17th.

The sleigh is sitting inside Home Hardware until then, where new, unwrapped toys or food donations can be dropped off for the Salvation Army.

Moose FM, Salvation Army and Home Hardware Christmas Toy Drive poster.

Residents can stop by the Angel Tree set up at the Totem Mall, where customers can grab a tag, shop for the items listed on the tag, and drop the unwrapped gift back at the tree for the Salvation Army.

(Fort St. John Salvation Army – Facebook)

The Women’s Resource Society is still accepting donations of winter clothes, toys for Christmas and food items at their location at 10051 100th Avenue.

Community Bridge’s Christmas Pyjama Drive is also underway, collecting pyjamas for kids aged 16-year-old and under.

The available drop-off locations are:

  • Moose FM – 9924 101 Avenue
  • Dr. Kearney Middle School – 10723 92nd Street
  • Margaret Ma Murray Elementary School – 11504 105th Avenue
  • Community Bridge – 10142 101st Avenue
  • Unforgettable Memories Foto Source/Canadian Grind – 9315 100th Avenue
  • Sander Rose Bone Grindle –  10208 99th Avenue
  • Ideal Office Solutions Ltd. – 10611 100th Avenue
  • SJA Promo – 8211 100th Avenue
Pyjama drive box full of pyjama's. (Supplied)
Pyjama drive box full of pyjama’s. (Supplied)

In addition to toy drives in Fort St. John, Hudson’s Hope is participating in the 12 Days of Christmas Giving fundraiser sparked by a local 6-year-old.

To add to the toy drive list, contact energeticcity.ca by emailing news@energeticcity.ca.

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Shailynn Foster is a news reporter for energeticcity.ca. Shailynn has been writing since she was 7 years old, but only recently started her journey as a journalist. Shailynn was born and raised in Fort St. John and she watches way too much YouTube, Netflix and Disney+ during the week while playing DND on the weekends.