Two boys from Lucan, Ontario are starting their profitable season by donating $ 5,700 worth of toys and food to the local food bank.
For the past four years, Porter Huffman and Colton Lawrence, nine, have been raising their own toy drive to help children in their community whose families cannot afford Christmas gifts.
This year, the two decided to use $ 4,000 of the money to buy toys at their local Canadian Tire, and then the rest they used to buy food baskets and gift cards.
“I like to fill the carts and it was a lot of fun because I wanted a lot of those things too, and I know a lot of kids would like them,” Colton said.
They donate all toys and food to Ailsa Craig and Area Food Bank in North Middlesex.
“They came and picked them up the day we bought them, and they could barely fit everything in the back of their truck,” Porter said.
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What started out as $ 350 of mostly Canadian Tire money when they were five has grown to more than $ 5,700 this year.
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The two have started to make a name for themselves in the community, with local businesses and residents donating money to help the cause and the two doing a bottle drive this year to raise more funds.
Their moms, Lindsay Lawrence and Jenn Noble, are also very proud of what they have accomplished.
“You can see in their faces when we stack all those toys, they are so proud of themselves,” said Lawrence, Colton’s mother.
He also pointed out that the two of them are not doing it alone and that they have a lot of help from other friends to make this happen. St. Marys Canadian Tire also helps by closing a box for all purchases and giving both of them a discount on all toys each year.
“We feel like a lot of the children’s friends and their mothers have helped too, so it’s a community effort,” Lawrence said.
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