The prime minister is probably the last person you expect to see while you’re frantically shopping for Christmas gifts at the mall. But, that’s exactly what holiday shoppers saw last night (Dec. 14) in Toronto.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dropped off toys to the Toy Mountain drive at the Eaton Centre. The 20th annual drive, supported by CTV and the Salvation Army, collects toys for Canadian families in need. Trudeau, who has three young kids of his own, wants people to remember those who are less fortunate, especially during this time of year.
“We’re gathering together with families, we’re thinking about all our phenomenal good times as a family, but we’re also thinking about people who haven’t been as lucky as us and need a little extra help,” Trudeau said to CTV News (in the video above). “We want to make sure kids have the best possible Christmas right across the country.”
Currently, the age group most in need of toy donations are girls aged seven to nine, boys and girls aged ten to 13, and boys and girls aged 14 to 17, according to CTV.
To participate in the Canada-wide initiative (which ends in a week), check out ToyMountain.ca or contact the Salvation Army at 1-800-SAL-ARMY to see if there are any local drop-off stations in your area.