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Buy a toy or pay a parking ticket?

Ticketed parking offenders can put a smile on kids' faces
The City of St. Albert's long-standing Toys for Tickets campaign has kicked off running Nov. 15 to Nov. 30. Motorists have until Dec. 7 to exchange a parking ticket for a child's toy. CITY OF ST. ALBERT

Do you hate paying parking tickets? Well, from November 15 to 30, St. Albert’s Municipal Enforcement Services is giving you a break. 

For two weeks, the city is unpacking its annual Toys for Tickets campaign. Offenders receiving a ticket during this time can choose to donate a new, unwrapped toy instead of paying for a parking violation. 

Toys must be new, age appropriate (newborn to 16 years), and in the original packaging. The toy’s value must equal or exceed $25, and a receipt of purchase must be presented at the time of payment. 

All toys received will be donated to Fill-A-Bus food and toy drive as part of the Kinette Club’s Christmas Hamper Campaign. Last year, 61 toys valued at $1,340 were donated. 

To be eligible for the toy-ticket swap, only tickets issued between the Nov. 15 to 30 will be accepted. However, toys can be dropped off until Dec. 7, at St. Albert Detachment (Maloney Place), 96 Bellerose Dr. 

The detachment is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary for a drop-off. The toy receipt and ticket must be attached to the toy for verification. 

Anna Borowiecki

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