Local businesses, Gateway Casinos and Canadian Tire, are hosting the Toys for Tots and Teens event on Friday, Dec. 1. The drive for toys grows this year with a donation event in the morning and another in the late afternoon to the early evening.                                Submitted photo

Local businesses, Gateway Casinos and Canadian Tire, are hosting the Toys for Tots and Teens event on Friday, Dec. 1. The drive for toys grows this year with a donation event in the morning and another in the late afternoon to the early evening. Submitted photo

Santa zone prep underway for Toys to Tots to Teens in Penticton

Two ways to donate this Friday in Penticton

The Santa Zone prep is well underway for this year’s Toys for Tots To Teens event coming this Friday from 7 to 9 a.m. at Match Eatery at Cascades Casino in Penticton.

“This year’s event has really come together so organically,” said Kelly Hopkins of Spark Media, event organizer. “The amount of people that have contacted us to volunteer has been overwhelming. The business community and local service groups have really stepped up to show their support for the children and teens of our community.”

Related: Penticton Toys for Tots to Teens event grows

With no shortage to keep little ones busy; gingerbread decorating, scrumptious pancake stations and hot chocolate are a sampling of what’s on the day’s menu of events. The main attraction, Santa Claus himself, will be there and there will also be festive music to enjoy your breakfast will be with students from Parkway School and Princess Margaret Secondary.

For those in a hurry and not able to stay, there is the drive thru express gift drop off. Elves will be in front of the Cascades Casino to receive your gift and will have Tim Hortons coffee ready to hand out.

If the afternoon gift drop is better for your schedule, Santa will be at Canadian Tire toy drop from 2 to 6 p.m. to receive your donation along with the Penticton Fire Department and local volunteers. IGA will have their community barbecue fired up and Tim Hortons will have afternoon java ready for you.

The community is asked to bring new, unwrapped gifts for children ages one to 17, cash donations and gift cards will also be collected. To stay up to date on event details, visit the Toys For Tots To Teens Facebook page.

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