THUNDER BAY – The itinerary is set and it’s wheels up in less than nine hours! The “O” Division RCMP and partners take the Toys for the North campaign into two remote northern communities to spread some Christmas cheer. The 8th annual campaign will depart at 9:30 am ET from North Star Air’s EROC facility at the Thunder Bay International Airport with destinations of Deer Lake and Poplar Hill First Nations. North Star Air has been a partner with Toys for the North for the past four years. “The communities are excited, we all are. It’s been weeks of hard work, but today is the day and it’s all worth it!,” says Karen Matson, Marketing and Community Relations with North Star Air.
S/Sgt Normand Roy of the RCMP comments, “We have a long list of people, member companies, distribution partners, donators, veteran and police agencies along with the caring public that helped us to get here today. We’re looking forward to seeing all the smiles on the faces of the kids….it’s all about the kids.”
To date Toys for the North has made the holidays a little brighter by distributing over $500,000 worth of toys to children in Northern parts of Labrador, Manitoba, Nunavut and Ontario.
Travelling to Deer Lake and Poplar Hill today is Santa himself! The man in red will need some help handing out over 600 toys today to the children, so S/Sgt Roy and Const Tavis Clemens, both of the RCMP, along with representatives from North Star Air and Gardewine will also be on hand as Santa’s Helpers!
You can follow more on our journey north with Toys for the North and Santa on our Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/northstarair