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Pay for parking tickets with toys on Dec 3 and 4

November 23, 2015 -

Got a parking ticket? Pay for it with a toy on December 3 and 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at City Hall, 216 Ontario St. or at 1211 John Counter Blvd. (only toy payments can be made at this location as no cash or credit can be accepted).

The Toys for Tickets effort has collected more than 2,200 toys for Kingston children in need since it began in 2005.

"We love this annual program. We know it continues to be a success because it turns getting a parking ticket into an opportunity to put a smile on a child's face," says Brandi Timpson, supervisor, enforcement, who hopes even more people will choose to pay with toys this year.

Parking tickets received between Nov. 1 and Dec. 4 – excluding tickets 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 (include a receipt with the toy). Recommended gifts include: games, cars, trucks, dolls and stuffed toys. (Please avoid donating toys needing batteries and toys which promote violence).

The toys are delivered to the local toy drive in time to be distributed to children over the holidays.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality - - ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future. 

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, communications officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116, or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.