The former Port McNicoll Public School served as the ideal location to help bring smiles to hundreds of local boys and girls.

On Thursday, Tay Mayor Ted Walker and councillor Sandy Talbot, along with representatives from Thomson Terminals and the Delbrook Group, gathered at the old village school as Friends of Keewatin volunteers started delivering thousands of toys to local agencies.

Since 2014, Friends of Keewatin volunteers have been the people behind the distribution of tens of thousands of toys provided by Thomson Terminals to North Simcoe agencies supporting families with children in need at Christmas. This time around, bespoke developer Delbrook Group provided the venue.

All toys donated by Thomson Terminals, which is a provider of logistics services, are new, current and popular.

 The agencies benefited this year include: Boys and Girls Clubs, Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre, Salvation Army, Family Connexions, Beausoleil First Nation, Coldwater Lions Club, Society of St. Vincent de Paul – St. Ann’s, Township of Tiny including We are the Villagers and Huronia Transition Homes – la Maison Rosewood Shelter.

Other beneficiaries include: Georgian Bay General Hospital Foundation, Port McNicoll Lions Club, St. Theresa’s Catholic High School Adopt a Christmas Family program, Port McNicoll Legion, and Southern Georgian Bay OPP along with the Townships of Tiny, Tay, and the Towns of Midland and Penetanguishene Fire Services.

Friends of Keewatin volunteers are the people behind the restoration and operation of S.S. Keewatin.

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