Firefighters collect donations for toy drive

The Summerland Fire Department is once again collecting new, unwrapped toys and cash donations to provide gifts for young people.

Graeme Cooper of the Summerland Fire Department and Lacey Meyers of Santorini’s Restaurant prepare to serve coffee during a pancake breakfast on Saturday. The breakfast was an opportunity to collect donations and toys for the annual Toys and Toonies for Tots and Teens gift drive.

The Summerland Fire Department is once again collecting new, unwrapped toys and cash donations to provide gifts for young people.

The 29th annual Toys and Toonies for Tots and Teens drive began on Friday during the Summerland Festival of Lights.

Firefighters were downtown during the festivities to collect donations.

On Saturday morning, the firefighters held a pancake breakfast at Santorinis Restaurant. The food and supplies for the meal were donated by businesses, including True Grain Bread and the Beanery.

George Pugh of the Summerland Fire Department said all donations are appreciated. Cash donations are most useful, since it is difficult to find appropriate gifts for older children and teens.

The gift drive continues into December.