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(Posted 2:30 p.m., Dec. 3)
Sir Wilfrid Laurier launches Toy Mountain campaign

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Students and staff at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School in Orléans are once again taking on the roles of Santa’s little helpers in an effort to collect toys and food items for financially challenged families in the region.

The east end high school kicked off its 2015 Toy Mountain campaign on Friday in the hope of building on the tremendous success they’ve had in previous years.

Sir Wilfrid Laurier co-student council presidents Jeber Mubedi (left) and Diliksha Fernando stand in front of the Toy Mountain display in the school’s foyer. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Last year, they managed to collect more than 800 toys while putting together 36 Christmas hampers for the Caldwell Family Centre.

This year’s campaign was kicked off with a special tree lighting cere-mony and some words of encouragement from Toy Mountain ambassador Matthew Skube from CTV Ottawa.

The tree was lit by co-student council presidents, Jeber Mubedi and Diliksha Fernando.

The two students are extremely proud to be able to carry on a tradition that was begun at Sir Wil 17 years ago.

"Every year we're very successful and we always make children happy, and that's why we continue doing it, because it basically brings joy to kids and that's something that we really look forward to at the holidays. And honestly who doesn't love making kids happy," says Fernando.

This year’s Toy Mountain display was given a makeover by the school’s construction class and the custodian staff.

“We want to make it more fun and different,” says Mubedi.

Toys and food items can be dropped off at the school anytime between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. until Dec. 18. The toys will then be taken to the main Toy Mountain depot using a truck provided by the Paul Rushforth Real Estate team, while the food items will be assembled into the food hampers and delivered the following day.

Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School is located at 1515 Tenth Line Road.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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