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Montreal Families

Toy Tea Montreal fundraiser moves online

The Toy Tea Montreal fundraiser may have changed its format this year due to the pandemic, but its mission remains the same: to collect new, non-violent toys and gifts for children living in women’s shelters and other community organizations in Quebec. 

Started in 1999 by Ginger Petty, this year marks the 29th annual Toy Tea Montreal. In order to follow safety regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic, the event has changed to a virtual showcase that will feature talented local kids. 

“It was very important for the committee that we didn’t skip a year because the shelters count on us; we found out that they’ve had to do even more to protect their community this year,”said Co-Chair Erika Ludwick. “They’ve had to spend money on health and safety protocols and calls to the shelters seeking refuge have soared.”

Kids invited to submit performance videos

In previous years, the event featured school choirs from the Greater Montreal area performing holiday classics while guests were treated to tea and treats. This year, student musicians, singers, and dancers are invited to participate virtually. Open to ages 3-18, kids can audition for the showcase by uploading a short video to www.toyteashowcase.com and donating a new non-violent toy, or making a monetary donation. “We’ll only be able to pick the clips that we can show in an hour’s time, but we will have all of the submissions on the website so people can go and check them out,” Ludwick said.

Also sharing in the festivities this year are Donna Saker from THE BEAT 92.5 and special guests The Sam Roberts Band.

Submissions are due by Nov. 20, so get your groove on and help out a great cause.

Other ways to support the 2020 Montreal Toy Tea Holiday Toy Drive are by contributing a gift card, hosting a gift donation box, or organizing a socially-distant toy drive. See the Toy Tea Montreal website for details.

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