2nd Annual Toys4Kids benefiting The Salvation Army

Nov 29, 2011 01:59 PM EST

Vancouver, British Columbia | November 29, 2011 — This year will mark the second annual Toys4Kids Drive, initiated by grade 11 student Miguel Ramos from Burnaby. In its inaugural campaign benefiting The Salvation Army, over $5000 and 4500 toys for raised ‐ ensuring that Christmas morning was special for every child across the lower mainland.

In the fall of 2010, St. Thomas More Collegiate teacher, Dave Ruzycki challenged the students in his Planning 10 class, to go into their local communities and make a difference, and give hope. Ramos responded and engaged in an inspired way, by organizing the Toys4Kids Drive.

Last year, Ruzycki said, "he's got a really good pitch, he's not shy. I'm the sponsor teacher. I'm basically there to support him, but it's his show. I've had people come up and think I'm Miguel Ramos. They can't believe he's a 15‐year‐old boy."

People are encouraged to donate a new, unwrapped toy or make a cash donation with all proceeds directly going to support the work being done by The Salvation Army. Additionally, all in attendance will receive a free pancake breakfast with coffee.

This year, the event will be held over two days at St. Thomas More Collegiate once again on December 1st and on December 6th at the CTV Studios on Burrard Street.

Event Details:

December 1

Location ‐ St. Thomas More Collegiate, 7450 12th Ave, Burnaby

Time ‐ 5:30am‐9:30am

December 6

Location ‐ CTV Studios, #300 ‐ 750 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Time ‐ all day

Looking to increase the totals collected from last year, we hope to engage the support of the community and continue to encourage the work being done by Miguel Ramos.