Northwestel Toy Drives deliver nearly 500 Christmas gifts
Making spirits bright! The annual Northwestel Toy Drive garnered almost 500 gifts in Yellowknife and Whitehorse this year. Our Employees made the donations to the Whitehorse Firefighters Association's Share the Spirit and Salvation Army's Christmas Hamper programs at our retail stores on Friday.
Christmas will be a little brighter for hundreds of local children, thanks to the generosity of Northerners.
Two of our month-long Christmas Toy Drives came to an end Friday, and nearly 500 gifts were shared between the Yellowknife Salvation Army’s Christmas Hamper and Whitehorse Firefighters Association Share the Spirit programs.
Northwestel employees and customers responded to the challenge, donating a slew of quality gifts, from stuffed animals, to art supplies to board games. In the end, 250 toys were donated in Whitehorse, and 200 much needed gifts went to the Salvation Army in Yellowknife.
Northwestel employees handed over the toys in ceremonies held at our retail stores in Yellowknife and Whitehorse.
Nicholas O’Carroll of the Whitehorse Firefighters Association, and Salvation Army Corps Officer Laurie Sauder were on hand to receive the gifts. They were more than grateful for the community’s show of generosity.
“Every child deserves a gift on Christmas, and with the help of our community volunteers and partners like Northwestel, we’re making that happen for as many children as we can,” said Sauder.
The Salvation Army has provided support to families over Christmas for more than 15 years. Last year, food hampers were provided to 279 households in Yellowknife, and 316 children received new toys thanks to generous donations from the community. The Share the Spirit program continues to provide Holiday cheer. Every year, hampers are filled with traditional holiday treats and toys and given to 200 families, with approximately 500 children receiving a new toy in time for Christmas.
“We are proud of our employees and customers, and the contribution that they have made to the Whitehorse Firefighters Association, the Yellowknife Salvation Army and to those in need in our community,” said Paul Flaherty, Northwestel President and CEO. “The holidays are a time for joy, and we hope that these toys will deliver smiles to local children and their families.”