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Pay your parking tickets with toys in Kingston, Ont. this holiday season

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Drivers in Kingston, Ont. can use toys to pay for their parking ticket this holiday season, and help make sure children in the Limestone City have a gift to open on Christmas morning.

The city of Kingston's "Toys for Tickets" campaign allows motorists to donate toys, in lieu of money, to pay for any parking ticket received between Nov. 1 and Dec. 3, 2022.

"We urge everyone with an eligible ticket to take this opportunity to donate a toy," Supervisor of Enforcement Services Dan Hazell said. "Your donation will directly benefit a child in our community."

Only new and unopened toys can be dropped off in exchange for waiving the parking ticket charge.

The city says the value of the toy should be equal to, or greater than, the value of the parking ticket, and drivers will be required to show a receipt when donating the toy.

Toys can be dropped off on Dec. 1, Dec. 2 and Dec. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the following locations:

  • City Hall Payment Centre, 216 Ontario St. Accepts both toys and money for ticket payments. 
  • 1211 John Counter Blvd. Accepts only toys as payment, no credit or debit services available. 

The city says tickets received for unauthorized parking in an accessible space are excluded from the Toys for Tickets campaign.

Since 2005, Toys for Tickets has collected more than 3,600 toys. The toys are delivered to a local toy drive in time to be distributed to children over the holidays.

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