Thank you for your interest in supporting the 2017 CTV Toy Mountain Campaign.  You are helping The Salvation Army and CTV build a mountain of toys to provide help and hope to families struggling to make ends meet in the Ottawa Region.

2017 marks the 22nd anniversary of the CTV Toy Mountain Campaign benefiting The Salvation Army.  And every year, we invite Ottawa-area businesses, schools, organizations, community groups and CTV Ottawa viewers to become partners – to collect toys –  and to help build Toy Mountain.  Join us and help bring a smile to a child’s face this Christmas season!

It’s so easy to make a difference!

Simply donate a new, unwrapped toy, to a Toy Mountain bin at your local mall or other participating location listed on CTV Ottawa Toy Mountain website ottawa.ctvnews.ca/toy-mountain.

We are grateful for all toys that are donated, but please do not forget the tweens, teens and babies.  We often fall short on gifts for these age groups so please consider these children when selecting a toy to donate.  Here are some ideas of appropriate items for tweens and teens.

Tweens and teens (10 and up):  curling irons, digital music players, hair dryers, hair kits, makeup kits, jewelry, electronics, books, hoodies, sporting goods, back packs, school supplies, board games, scarves, gloves and gift cards.

You can also make an on-line financial contribution and receive a charitable tax receipt.  Please visit SalvationArmy.ca to make your donation and designate your gift to Toy Mountain.

Can our group coordinate our own toy drive?

Absolutely!  Toy Mountain is built through the support of the local community. Host your own toy drive with your staff, youth group, team or school for a great way to celebrate the Christmas season together.

Once your toy drive is complete it is best if you can deliver the toys to the closest Toy Mountain Bin in your area.  See the CTV Toy Mountain website for a list of locations ottawa.ctvnews.ca/toy-mountain. The Salvation Army can try and arrange a pick-up for toy drives that accumulate more than 100 toys.

Toy Pickups for 100+ Toys: Please contact Marc Hoey at The Salvation Army for pick-up arrangements:  marc_hoey@ottawaboothcentre.org

When does the campaign begin?

Toy Mountain bins will be delivered to selected malls in the Ottawa Region by the middle of November and toy donations can be made at that time.  The official launch of the campaign is November 24, 2017 with event details still to be confirmed.

What happens after I donate a toy?

Toys collected at the major malls are picked up regularly and transported to The Salvation Army Toy Distribution Centre. Toys collected through a group event can be delivered to the Toy Distribution Centre or arrangements can be made for a pick-up where over 100 toys have been gathered.

Once in the Toy Distribution Centre, Salvation Army staff and volunteers inspect, sort and package the toys by age and gender.  The Toy Distribution Centre has been registering qualifying families for Christmas Assistance throughout the months leading up to the holiday season to determine the inventory required to meet the needs within their community.

If you would like to Volunteer at the Toy Mountain Distribution Centre, please contact kristine_farnel@ottawaboothcentre.org

Last year over 18,000 children throughout the Ottawa Region were helped through the CTV Toy Mountain Campaign.  This enormous task would not have been possible without you.

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