Northwestel and Whitehorse Firefighters kickoff annual Holiday Toy Drive

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Whitehorse, YT — Northwestel’s retail centre in Whitehorse is now collecting toys to support this year’s Share the Spirit Christmas program. Northwestel employees were joined this morning at the retail centre by Mayor Dan Curtis and Nicholas O’Carroll of the Whitehorse Firefighters Charitable Society to make their donations and kick off the month-long campaign.

“Every child should experience the joy of receiving a new toy for the holidays, and together with our customers, we want to support local families who could use a little help making that happen,” said Northwestel CEO Paul Flaherty. “We’re proud to support the Whitehorse Firefighters Charitable Society in this worthy holiday cause.”

Anyone wishing to donate a new, unwrapped toy is encouraged to drop it off at the Northwestel Retail Centre at 2nd Avenue and Lambert Street before December 14. The retail store will be open extended hours and on Sundays during the holiday season, to accept donations.

Every year, the Share the Spirit Christmas program provides toys to approximately 500 children who otherwise might not receive a gift. It also provides hampers filled with holiday treats to 200 families struggling to make ends meet.

“We’re confident that Yukoners will continue to demonstrate the amazing generosity that has made Share the Spirit so successful for so long,” said Nicholas O’Carroll of the Whitehorse Firefighters Charitable Society. “We’re very pleased that Northwestel remains a committed partner in the effort to ensure that every child experiences the magic of this holiday season.”

Northwestel’s annual Toy Drive began in 2005 through the retail location in Fort Nelson, BC to collect and donate to local charitable organizations. For more information about the holiday toy drive community, visit nwtel.ca/toydrive.