October 30th, 2020

Great response for CRH’s Toys for Tickets campaign

By Kalinowski, Tim on December 23, 2019.

ÿþHerald photo by Ian Martens
Child Life Specialist Maria Malcolm holds seven-week-old patient Brooke Oberholtzer next to a tree loaded with toys as part of the Alberta Health Services Toys for Tickets campaign at Chinook Regional Hospital. @IMartensHerald

Tim Kalinowski

Lethbridge Herald


Alberta Health Services Toys for Tickets campaign at Chinook Regional Hospital has turned the pain of getting a parking ticket into an opportunity to make a meaningful impact on a child stuck in the hospital over the Christmas season.

Over 100 toys were donated and over 100 parking tickets forgiven this year in keeping with the spirit of the holidays, confirmed Maria Malcolm, a child-life specialist at Chinook Regional Hospital. The toys were accepted in lieu of ticket payment up until Dec. 13, and value of the toys had to be $25 minimum.

“When parking services brought up all of these toys, I was overwhelmed,” she told media representatives Friday morning. “Such generosity from our community is quite amazing to see, and it will certainly make Christmas nicer for the children here at the hospital. It’s not nice to be in hospital any time, but hospital over Christmas is really miserable.”

Malcolm explained the collected toys would be handed out Christmas Eve alongside the special seasonal stockings put together by hospital volunteers for the Operation Christmas Stocking campaign.

“We will use these toys for everyone from birth up to the age of 18,” confirmed Malcolm. “We even have a massive Tyrannosaurus Rex that, of course, we won’t give to a three or four year-old, but I can just see a 15 or 16 year-old enjoying this.”

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