On December 8 and 9, City of Kingston parking tickets can be paid for with toys instead of cash.
Parking tickets received between November 1 and December 9, except for tickets received for unauthorized parking in an accessible parking space, can be paid for with a new, unwrapped toy of a value equal to or greater than the amount of the ticket at the time of payment.
The toy’s receipt must be included with the toy, with recommendations by the City including games, cars, trucks, dolls and stuffed toys. It also asks payees to avoid toys that require batteries and/or any that promote violence.
Toy payments are being accepted at City Hall, 216 Ontario St. or at 1211 John Counter Blvd. between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. Only this form of payment can be made at these locations – cash or credit cannot be accepted.
Brochures about the project were dispensed along with the tickets since early November, and Brandi Timpson hopes this leads to even more people choosing to pay with toys this year.
Timpson, supervisor, enforcement, said in a release: “Toys for Tickets turns getting a parking ticket into an opportunity to put a smile on a child’s face.”
Participating in Toys for Tickets is optional. Drivers also have the standard option of paying parking fines using options offered on the City’s Parking Ticket Payments page.
Toys for Tickets has collected nearly 2,500 toys for local children since 2005. They are delivered to a local toy drive in time to be given to children in need over the holidays.