Timmins invited to help stuff the ambulance

From left, paramedics Allan Rennie and Jordan Bérubé, and Cochrane District EMS commander Derrick Cremin will be urging residents to fill a pair of ambulances and cribs with toys and baby items this Saturday. An ambulance will be parked outside Walmart and another one outside Canadian Tire for the paramedics' annual toy drive and Stuff a Crib campaign from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. RON GRECH/THE DAILY PRESS Ron Grech / Ron Grech/The Daily Press

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The paramedics’ annual toy drive and “Stuff a Crib” campaign in Timmins has been such a success in past years, the organizing team has decided to hold it at two locations this year.

This Saturday, ambulances and baby cribs will be set up at the entrance of both Walmart and Canadian Tire.

Volunteer paramedics and members of Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board will be on hand, accepting donations of toys that will be placed in the back of the ambulance or items for infants such as diapers, wipes or formula that will be placed in the crib.

“This is our seventh year doing this,” said Derrick Cremin, commander of Cochrane District Emergency Medical Services.

“Our goal this year is to completely fill an ambulance right to the roof. We’ve never done that before and if the community can come out and support that, that’s what we’re looking forward to.

“Everything collected will be going to NEOFACS (North Eastern Ontario Family and Children’s Services) and they will be distributing the toys (to families in need) throughout the district.”

The items they are collecting are for children, ranging in age from newborn to early teens.

In past years, the paramedics set up their toy drive outside Walmart.

“This year, we’ve teamed up with both Walmart and Canadian Tire,” said Cremin. “We’re going to have everybody who is volunteering from the DSSAB and the paramedics there from 8 to 6 p.m. at both locations.”

Cremin is optimistic this goal of filling an ambulance to its roof can be achieved this Saturday.

“The community has been awesome (during past campaigns). We’ve had tremendous support from the community. And of course, this couldn’t be done without the volunteers from the DSSAB and from Cochrane District EMS and the support from our community.”

In addition to accepting infant-care items and toys for children to teens, Cremin said they will also be accepting cash donations and even Canadian Tire money — both of which will go towards purchasing toys.