The Toys for Tickets campaign wraps up today and the support from the community has been overwhelming. While there were actually only a handful of residents who paid for their parking tickets with a Toy, hundreds of others came in to make a donation voluntarily.
Ed Berney, Chairman of the Kinsmen Christmas Hampers says, “There was a significant increase in donations throughout our drop off locations, especially the one at Town Hall. The Toys for Tickets really turned into a fantastic awareness campaign.” Berney goes on to say, “We have a great partnership with the Town of Stony Plain and our Residents. The Kinsmen will definitely want to do Toys for Tickets again next year!”
“I think the program was well received by the general public. We have also been sought out by other municipalities who have been inquiring how to start their own Toys for Tickets campaign,” says Adam Wenmann, Acting Enforcement Services Supervisor. “That speaks volumes to the impact this program has had beyond Stony Plain's borders.”
Many residents questioned why this initiative could not include photo radar tickets, Wenmann explains, “More research will need to be done with special input from the RCMP and Transportation Alberta. The reason for photo radar tickets is to ensure motorists travel at safe roadway speeds. If we send motorists the message that it’s okay to go fast for a month just give us a $25.00 toy in exchange, we may unintentionally undermine the Stony Plain Traffic Safety Plan and the larger effort to reduce highway deaths in Alberta due to speed. People may go an excessive speed intentionally.”
Both Wenmann and Berney both would like to express their gratitude, “Thank you to all who donated to the Toys for Tickets campaign.”
All the toys and gift cards will be distributed to families who live in Stony Plain and Parkland County West who registered for a Hamper with the Kinsmen.
For more information, contact:
Stephanie Barsby Boisvert
Corporate Communications Officer
Town of Stony Plain