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AHS accepting toys as payment for parking tickets

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is bringing back its Toys for Tickets campaign, which gives people who’ve recently received an AHS parking ticket an opportunity to donate a new, unwrapped toy rather than paying their fine.
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Don't want to pay the hefty ticket price? Donate a toy instead--this holiday season only. Photo: Metro Creative Connection

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is bringing back its Toys for Tickets campaign, which gives people who’ve recently received an AHS parking ticket an opportunity to donate a new, unwrapped toy rather than paying their fine.

“We paused the Toys for Tickets campaign during COVID-19 but, given its past success and positive reception, we are happy to launch it once again this holiday season,” said Nick Ternovatsky, Director of Parking, AHS.

In 2019, more than 125 toys were collected and distributed to children in the Edmonton area.

Parking Services will be accepting toy donations as an alternative to paying for tickets issued between Nov. 14 and Dec. 16. Toys should be in the original packaging, and for ages newborn to 17 years. Value of each toy must be at least $25. The toys will be donated to various children foundations and charity organizations to be given to children throughout the province. Toys will be accepted until Dec. 16 at any AHS parking office.

Recommended donations include books, art supplies, science kits, electronics, headphones, Lego sets, portable DVD players, rattles, baby toys, journals, activity books, crayons, colouring books, and gift cards for grocery stores and restaurants (for families).

Visit the AHS website for AHS parking office hours and locations in Edmonton, as well as for information on the Toys for Tickets campaign.