People who have recently received a parking ticket at Alberta Health Services (AHS) lots may not have to feel so bad after all.
AHS announced on Nov. 24 that it has brought back its Toys for Tickets program, giving people a chance 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,” Nick Ternovatsky, director of parking for AHS, said in a news release.
Toys will be accepted as an alternative to paying for tickets issued between Nov. 14 and Dec. 16, and will be accepted at any AHS parking office until 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 release said.
The list of recommended donations includes 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 family restaurants.
AHS Parking staff will mark the ticket as paid upon receiving a toy. Toys collected will then be donated to various children’s organizations and local charities throughout Alberta that provide toys for kids.