From kids' toys to household items, the Whisker Rescue Society garage sale has something for almost everyone. The sale started Thursday and goes through the weekend, with all proceeds going towards the non-profit cat rescue organization. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

City of Red Deer Toys for Tickets program returns in 2022

The City of Red Deer is bringing back its Toys for Tickets program.

After running in a modified form during the COVID-19 pandemic, the program, which invites Red Deer parking ticket holders to drop off a toy at City Hall as payment for their ticket is back.

Since 2010, the program has allowed citizens to pay parking tickets with a toy. The campaign happens in November and all gifts obtained through the program are donated to the Red Deer Christmas Bureau.

In 2020 and 2021, the program was changed in response to pandemic precautions. Rather than asking ticket holders to purchase and drop off toy donations, The City made financial donations directly to the Christmas Bureau.

“We’re pleased to announce the return of Toys for Tickets in its original form and look forward to welcoming Red Deerians to City Hall to drop off toy donations,” said Amy Fengstad, Acting Inspections and Licensing Manager.

“By picking the perfect toy at a local business, participants can be part of making this initiative an extra special part of this holiday season.”

Each year, the Christmas Bureau provides a list of desirable items, including those that are most needed and for underrepresented age groups. The current list is available at www.reddeer.ca/toysfortickets and indicates toys for children aged 10-17 years are in highest demand.

All gifts donated to the program must be new and unwrapped in original packaging. The early ticket payment rate remains in effect when tickets are paid with toys, but the value of the toy must be equal to or higher than the amount owed on the parking ticket. A receipt must be presented at the time of payment and if the toy is valued lower than the price of the ticket, the difference must be paid.

More information on the Toys for Tickets campaign is available on The City’s website, www.reddeer.ca/toysfortickets.

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