Toys ‘R’ Us Canada donates more than 700,000 toys to Canadian toy drives this holiday season

Toys”R”Us Canada donated more than 700,000 toys to The Salvation Army and Bay Street Fore a Cause toy drives across the country, spreading Christmas cheer for less fortunate children in Canada. (CNW Group/Toys “R” Us (Canada) Ltd.)

It’s the season for giving and Toys”R”Us Canada has taken this notion to new heights with a donation of more than 600,000 toys to several of The Salvation Army’s annual toy drives across Canada. Each year, The Salvation Army’s toy drives provide children in need with a toy for Christmas. In addition, more than 100,000 toys were donated to Bay Street Fore a Cause, in support of various children’s-based charities. Known for bringing joy to children through the magic of play, Toys”R”Us Canada’s donation spreads joy and Christmas cheer far and wide across the country to the children who need it most.

“We believe play is a right for children, so it’s incredibly rewarding for us to be able to make this donation and spread the joy of play this Christmas,” says Melanie Teed-Murch, president, Toys”R”Us Canada. “We commend The Salvation Army for its efforts to support children and families in need and are proud to align ourselves with its toy drive initiative.”

The Toys”R”Us Canada donation consists of more than 600,000 unwrapped toys that were distributed to Salvation Army community centres across all Canadian provinces – AlbertaBritish ColumbiaManitobaNew BrunswickNewfoundlandNova ScotiaOntarioPrince Edward IslandQuebec and Saskatchewan.

“The Salvation Army couldn’t extend its reach as far without the support of community allies like Toys”R”Us Canada,” comments Lt-Colonel John Murray, Secretary for Communications for The Salvation Army. “This donation helps us put a toy under the Christmas tree for thousands of children across the country, and we’re truly grateful for that.”

Further to this donation, Toys”R”Us Canada has also donated more than 100,000 toys to Toronto-based not-for-profit, Bay Street Fore A Cause, which supports various children’s-based charitable groups throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Recipients of this donation include Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Toronto, Grant Thornton Foundation and Good Shepherd.