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Pay parking tickets with toys on Dec. 5 and 6

November 25, 2019 -

Got a parking ticket? Pay for it with a toy! On Dec. 5 and 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., pay your parking ticket with a toy at City Hall, 216 Ontario St. or at 1211 John Counter Blvd. Only toy payments can be made at John Counter Boulevard as no cash or credit can be accepted.

"Toys for Tickets turns parking tickets into an opportunity to put a smile on a child's face," says Brad Frink, Supervisor, Parking Enforcement. "If your ticket is eligible, please consider paying with a toy." Brochures on the program have been handed out with tickets since early November, so he hopes even more people will choose to pay with toys this year.

Parking tickets received between Nov. 1 and Dec. 6 – excluding tickets for unauthorized parking in an accessible parking space – can be paid for with a new, unwrapped toy of value equal to or greater than the amount of the ticket at the time of payment (include a receipt with the toy). Recommended gifts include: games, cars, dolls and stuffed toys. Toys requiring batteries and toys which promote violence will not be accepted.

Participating in Toys for Tickets is optional, and drivers can choose to pay their parking fines online at CityofKingston.ca/Pay.

Since 2005, Toys for Tickets has collected more than 3,400 toys for Kingston children. The toys are delivered to a local toy drive in time to be distributed to children in need over the holidays.