On December 7 and 8, the 2017 Toys for Tickets program lets drivers pay their parking ticket with a toy instead of cash.
Parking tickets received between November 1 and December 8 – excluding tickets issued for unauthorized parking in an accessible parking space – can be paid 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 should be accompanied by a receipt showing proof of purchase and the amount.
The City recommends toys that include games, cars, trucks, dolls and stuffed toys. It also asks payees to avoid toys that require batteries and/or any that promote violence.
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“The annual Toys for Tickets program turns parking tickets into toys for children in need. It’s a lovely way to take some of the sting out of a ticket,” says Melissa Murphy, supervisor parking services.
Brochures about this program were included with tickets since early November, and Murphy hopes this leads to even more people choosing to pay with toys this year.
Toy payments will be accepted at City Hall, 216 Ontario St. or at 1211 John Counter Blvd. (where only toy payments can be made – not cash or credit) between 8:30am and 4:30pm.
Paying for parking tickets with a toy is optional and drivers can still pay their parking fines using the options listed on the City’s parking ticket page.
Toys for Tickets has collected more than 2,800 toys for local children since 2005, delivered to a local toy drive in time to be distributed to children in need over the holidays.