Toys for Tickets is back in 2022 and, for the first time since the pandemic, the program is reverting to its original form - inviting Red Deer parking ticket holders to drop off a toy at City Hall as payment for their ticket.
Since 2010, The City of Red Deer’s annual Toys for Tickets program has allowed citizens to pay parking tickets with a toy. The campaign happens in November and all gifts obtained through the program are donated to the Red Deer Christmas Bureau. In 2020 and 2021, the program was changed in response to pandemic precautions. Rather than asking ticket holders to purchase and drop off toy donations, The City made financial donations directly to the Christmas Bureau.
“We’re pleased to announce the return of Toys for Tickets in its original form and look forward to welcoming Red Deerians to City Hall to drop off toy donations,” said Amy Fengstad, Acting Inspections and Licensing Manager. “By picking the perfect toy at a local business, participants can be part of making this initiative an extra special part of this holiday season.”
Each year, the Christmas Bureau provides a list of desirable items, including those that are most needed and for age groups that are underrepresented. The current list is available at www.reddeer.ca/toysfortickets and indicates toys for children aged 10-17 years are in highest demand.
All gifts donated to the program must be new and unwrapped in original packaging. The early ticket payment rate remains in effect when tickets are paid with toys, but the value of the toy must be equal to or higher than the amount owed on the parking ticket. A receipt must be presented at the time of payment and if the toy is valued lower than the price of the ticket, the difference must be paid.