Donations provided for annual gift drive

Summerlanders donated generously to the annual Toys and Toonies for Tots to Teens gift drive during the holiday season.

Summerlanders donated generously to the annual Toys and Toonies for Tots to Teens gift drive during the holiday season.

The drive, organized by the Summerland Fire Department, provides gifts for needy children and teens in the community.

George Pugh of the Summerland Fire Department said donations of new, unwrapped toys and money helped to provide gifts for 60 hampers. Assistance also came from CIBC, Santorini’s IGA and True Grain Bread. Schools also collected donations for the drive.

In addition, a donation bin was set up at Murray’s Pizza by Craig Bloom, in memory of his nephew Riddick Servio, two years old, who died in a vehicle accident at a mall parking lot in Maple Ridge in November.

The annual drive begins at the Festival of Lights and continues into December.

Gifts are distributed through the Summerland Food Bank.