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Richmond RCMP Toy Drive happening tomorrow

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:04 PST, Fri November 18, 2022

Last Updated: 4:40 PST, Fri November 18, 2022

Richmond RCMP is hosting the eighth annual Richmond RCMP Toy Drive tomorrow (Nov. 19) in support of the Richmond Christmas Fund, a program of Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives. Richmond RCMP community engagement team spearheads the toy drive.

This year’s event will again feature a dunk tank where Richmond RCMP officer in charge, Chief Superintendent (C/Supt.) Dave Chauhan, will take the plunge along with other community members. The dunk tank will take place between 10 and 10:30 a.m.

Being plunged into cold water on an equally cold day in November is not something everyone would be willing to do, says Insp. Michael Cohee, officer in charge of operations support, This demonstrates how committed Dave is to the community of Richmond and the depth of his support for the toy drive.

Last year’s Richmond RCMP Toy Drive raised $22,400 in cash and 1.5 tonnes of toys, a significant increase from previous years’ events. Richmond RCMP is striving to exceed that this year, with the community’s support. 

Our officers from the community engagement unit have dedicated countless hours to this event over the past eight years. The driving force of their dedication is the children and families in need in our community, but the spirit that keeps them going is the generous support of the community, says Chauhan. This is all about community and in Richmond we are privileged to have great community support. Regardless of the size of the donation, we want to thank everyone from our community who continues to make the toy drive such a success.

The Richmond RCMP Toy Drive is taking place in the parking lot of Lansdowne Centre (5300 No. 3 Rd.) between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Nov. 19. 

Those wishing to make donations can also do so until Nov. 30 by visiting any of these toy drop locations:

  • All Richmond Public Library branches
  • Hamilton Community Centre (5140 Smith Dr.)
  • Richmond RCMP main detachment (11411 No. 5 Rd.) 

Help officers stuff the police car with a new, unwrapped toy or make a minimum $10 donation and receive a bag of mini-donuts or personal cartoon drawing in return. There will also be coffee from McDonald’s and gummy-filled gift bags courtesy of Herbaland.

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