Northumberland Ontario Provincial Police, The Bargain Shop and the Brighton Legion Branch 100 teamed up to cram the cruiser with toys for needy children Saturday, December 9.

from left: Donna Machek, OPP Staff-Sergeant Ken Hammil, Etta King & OPP Constable Hilary Sharpe.

According to the Sergeant who took this pic, this is the tally for the day! Well done, Brighton!

Results at the mid-day mark were “Excellent!” according to Ken Hammil, an Auxillary Staff-Sergeant with Northumberland Ontario Provincial Police. On hand as well, was Hilary Sharpe, an Auxillary constable with the OPP who was participating for the first time and thought, “It is awesome! great for the community.”

According to long-time employee and now the manager with the Brighton Bargain Shop Donna Machek, “We have asked our customers to donate to various charities over the years such as the Pet Food Bank. We have done the Angel Tree a few times – last year our customers generated almost $6,000. of merchandise – but this is the first time my head office has gotten involved.”

“Our home office has decided to donate 10% of all our toy sales today to the Brighton Legion Angel Tree on top of what is donated.”

Etta King, a volunteer at the Brighton Legion Branch 100 working with the Angel Tree Foundation said, “We did over 100 families last year. It is really great. The community is so giving. We have a tree set up at the Legion.”

Toys that arrive at the Legion are categorized by the age match and who the toy is appropriate for. Prices are removed and they are shipped to the Evangel Pentecostal Church on Butler Street where they are included in Christmas Hampers.

Those interested in donating a gift to The Angel Tree have until December 19. The collection at The Brighton Bargain Shop ends December 15.