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For Immediate Release:
December 23, 2011

Peel Paramedics Exceed Goal for Annual Toy and Diaper Drive

BRAMPTON, ON. (December 22, 2011) – Christmas arrived early this past week at Peel Children’s Centre (PCC) as a fleet of two ambulances and two minivans overflowing with toys and diapers were delivered courtesy of Peel Regional Paramedic Services (PRPS) and the Peel Paramedic Association (PPA).

“I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to Peel Paramedics,” offered Humphrey Mitchell, Executive Director of PCC and Nexus Youth Services. “I had the good fortune to go to our reception area shortly after the toys were dropped off and it was a frenzy of joy with staff members selecting ‘just the right gift’ for the kids they work with. It was truly a wonderful sight to see! So much joy will be shared with our families thanks to the generosity of Peel Paramedics.”

ambulances filled with Christmas toy donations

(From left to right): PRPS Superintendent Lawrence Saindon, Kumar Etoria, Neil Taylor and Ryley Saindon take two ambulances and two minivans to deliver lots and lots of toys, diapers and joy to kids and families with Peel Children’s Centre.

PCC is a fully accredited, charitable, not-for-profit children’s mental health centre that has served Peel since 1985. Each year PCC provides 5,700 services free-of-charge for children/youth under age 18, and their families, who are experiencing serious mental health challenges, such as aggression, defiance, impulsivity, anxiety, depression, attachment disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and self-harm.

“The Christmas Toy and Diaper Drive is a special fundraiser for Peel Paramedics because of the close contact they have on a daily basis with so many Peel children and their families,” explained Brad Bowie, Community Relations Specialist, PRPS. “It’s not always in the best of circumstances that paramedics are in contact with Peel residents, so this is their opportunity to reach out in far more happier times.”

room filled with Christmas toy donations

Toys and diapers delivered to Peel Children’s Centre by Peel Paramedics filled the building lobby and hallways to capacity, far exceeding paramedic fundraising goals for 2011.

Annually, during the months of November and December, Peel paramedics and support staff drop off toys and diapers into donation bins stored at paramedic stations across Peel. This year’s total offering was the largest it’s ever been due to an additional $2,500 raised at the annual PRPS Charity Golf Tournament organized by Lawrence Saindon, PRPS Superintendent of Tactical Paramedic Unit.

“The Peel Paramedic Association would like to thank the paramedics and management staff from Peel Regional Paramedic Services who generously donated towards this year’s toy and diaper drive! This is by far the largest amount of toys collected since we began this program in partnership with Peel Regional Paramedic Services and we were overwhelmed with the generosity this year,” said Holly Lundrigan, Advanced Care Paramedic and PPA President.

Peel Paramedics respond to more than 84,000 emergency medical calls every year. For more information about Peel Regional Paramedic Services, visit peelems.ca or call 905-791-7800, ext. 3956.



Rosanna Armata
Communications Specialist
Region of Peel

Brad Bowie
Community Relations Specialist
Peel Regional Paramedic Services

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595, e-mail



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