Toy Drive Getting Atypical Boost

Windsor firefighter John McRae and the rest of his crew collect toys from Chrysler, being donated to Sparky's Toy Drive, November 20, 2014. (photo by Mike Vlasveld)

Even though Christmas is 241 days away, Sparky’s Toy Drive is collecting a massive amount of teddy bears, thanks to the Windsor Spitfires and Mopar.

The firefighter-organized drive is usually associated with the Christmas season, but Spits Goalie Mike DiPietro wants their donation to be a reminder that it’s in operation all year round.

“A lot of kids and a lot of families do come out to our games and just giving back like this is a little way for us to show our appreciation,” says DiPietro.

He and General Manager Warren Rychel helped unload 600 teddy bears at Windsor Fire Station #7 Thursday afternoon.