October 24th, 2020

AHS expands Toys for Tickets

By Mabell, Dave on December 5, 2019.

Lethbridge Herald

No one feels good about getting a parking ticket, especially when facing an emergency.

But until Christmas, Alberta Health Services will cancel parking tickets recently issued on hospital property – on one condition.

People who got a ticket at Chinook Regional and other facilities may donate a toy instead. The health authority is expanding the Toys for Tickets initiative first offered a year ago in the major cities.

“The campaign was so successful last year in Calgary and Edmonton that we decided to expand it this holiday season across the province, including at both the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge and the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital,” says Michael Stanford, executive director of capital management for the AHS South Zone.

“In keeping with the spirit of the holiday season, we felt this is a good way to give back and make some of our patients’ time in hospital a little brighter.”

Staff in each hospital’s parking services office will accept toy donations as an alternative to paying for tickets issued between Nov. 1 and 30.

Toys should be in the original packaging, suitable for ages newborn to 17 years, and worth at least $25. They’ll be accepted as payment until Dec. 13.

Donated toys will be presented to the hospital foundation in each city, and given to children who are spending time in hospital over the Christmas period.

Recommended donations include books, art supplies, science kits, electronics, headphones, Lego sets, portable DVD players, rattles, baby toys, journals, activity books, crayons and colouring books.

Alternatively, donors may provide gift cards for grocery stores and restaurants to assist young patients’ family members.

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