Planning Begins for the Annual Toy Tea
Students from the EMSB will once again be collecting new toys for the 26th annual Christmas and Chanukah Toy Tea, set to be held in the Oval Room of the Ritz Carlton hotel (1228 Sherbrooke) on December 6 (10 am to 3 pm). The toys will benefit over 5,000 children who are being sheltered and protected from abuse, or violence, as well as other children’s charities. This will be the 15th year of the EMSB’s involvement in the Toy Tea Campaign, which is an initiative of former Spiritual, Religious and Moral Education Consultant Irene Miller.
“The Toy Tea is a good fundraiser and a good cause because everyone understands where these toys go to,” said Frank Lofeodo, the EMSB consultant for Guidance and Spiritual and Community Animation. “What’s so beautiful about it is that no matter how many students participate in it, the commitment is always there, and the schools mobilize themselves to help out with the drive.”
Schools can participate by collecting new, unwrapped and non-violent toys. Donations and cheques endorsed to the Toy Tea would also be greatly appreciated. Student representatives from various schools, along with their respective spiritual and community animators, teachers, administrators and parent volunteers, will attend and receive special certificates of participation from Erika Ludwick, the Toy Tea’s chairperson, along with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The event will also feature the singing of Christmas carols by several school choirs.
For more information, log on to toyteamontreal.org.