Richmond RCMP's Annual Toy Drive

Richmond, Community Policing Services

2020-11-16 10:18 PST

Richmond RCMP’s Annual Toy Drive to take place at Lansdowne Centre

Richmond RCMP are doing their part to ensure that the pandemic will not stop the season of giving, as they will be hosting the 6th Annual Stuff the Squad Car event this year with a little twist.

Transcription

[Santa’s Workshop in Northpole. Santa picks up phone and dials 911]
[Santa speaking to Richmond RCMP dispatcher]

Richmond RCMP, what is your emergency?

Hello, it's Santa Claus and I need help! All my elves are self-isolating because of
Covid-19 so there's no one to help build toys in my workshop.
I know Dr. Henry is doing the best she can and we need to be kind, be calm and be safe
but we also need to save Christmas!

Don't worry Santa, we won't let you down!

[Richmond RCMP dispatcher calls officers on radio]

Richmond to Richmond units. Santa needs our help to save Christmas, he needs toys!

8 Lima 8 responding.
8 Lima 16.

[Picture of television with Richmond RCMP media relations officer on it]

Residents of Richmond! Santa needs our help! He needs presents to help save Christmas. Please drop off your gift donations to the Richmond RCMP Detachment.

[3 people watching television, turn it off and one stands up and grabs new toy.
Person reaches under bed and picks up new toy
Person putting toys in box labelled toy donation bin. Toy donation bin being filled with toys.]

[2 Richmond RCMP officers standing by toy donation bin]

I hope these are enough!

Let's get them to Santa! He'll tell us.

[Two Richmond RCMP officers driving in golf cart. Golf cart being driven with lights flashing. Richmond RCMP golf cart driving up to Santa’s workshop. Richmond RCMP officers carry bags and give to Santa ]

Thanks for bringing these gifts!

You're welcome Santa.

[Close up of Santa ]

But, we still need more presents so everyone can receive gifts on Christmas. Together, we can do this!

[Picture of Richmond RCMP Toy drive poster]

Please join us at the 6th Annual Richmond RCMP Toy Drive on Saturday, November 21st at the Lansdowne Centre. Parking Lot by the Skytrain station from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Help us "Stuff the Squad Car" with a new, unwrapped toy or a monetary donation to help ensure those in need can share in the holiday spirit.


[Screen with credits Justin Blais Production.
Screen with RCMP horse and rider emblem.
Screen with RCMP crest.
Screen with Government of Canada and Canadian flag.]


 

With the extra safety measures put in place by our public health officials this year in response to COVID-19, the event will be different from previous years, as it will incorporate physical-distancing protocols.

On Saturday, November 21, 2020, the Richmond RCMP Community Engagement Team, along with Santa will be hosting a toy drop-off event outside Lansdowne Centre.

 Photo of auxiliary constable wearing reindeer antlers at toy drive

The public is invited to drive by and drop off a new and unopened gift for children or youth to stuff the police car full of toys and gifts.  Donation bins will also be available, and cash or monetary donations will also be accepted. There will be physically-distanced opportunities for photos with Santa and Richmond RCMP officers in Red Serge. 

Thanks to the efforts from the public last year, the team raised over $20,000 and filled two one-ton trucks full of toys, bringing Christmas to almost 3,000 Richmond residents in need.

Proceeds will go towards the Richmond Christmas Fund operated by Richmond Cares Richmond Gives.
The pandemic has undoubtedly affected everyone this year, and 2020 will be a more difficult than usual holiday season for those less fortunate.

The event will take place on November 21, 2020 between 8:00 am and 1:00 pm in the parking lot of Lansdowne Centre by the Canada Line station.
 

Released by

Cpl. Ian Henderson

Media Relations Officer
Richmond RCMP
richmond.rcmp-grc.gc.ca
11411 No. 5 Road, Richmond, BC, V7A 4E8
Office: 604-207-4747
Cell: 604-765-4528

Email: richmond_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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