From the ashes, Toys “R” Us Canada is making a big comeback by donating over half a million toys to children in need this holiday season.
600,000 of the toys are destined for the Salvation Army’s annual Canadian toy drive, where they’ll be distributed throughout the country.
Meanwhile, the the remaining 100,000 gifts will be donated to Bay Street Fore a Cause, a Toronto-based charity that focuses on children.
“We believe play is a right for children, so it’s incredibly rewarding for us to be able to make this donation and spread the joy of play this Christmas,” said Melanie Teed-Murch, president of Toys “R” Us Canada in a news release.
“We commend The Salvation Army for its efforts to support children and families in need and are proud to align ourselves with its toy drive initiative.”
The Salvation Army is an international charitable organization that first started operating in Canada in 1882. Since then, the organization has supported over 400 communities across the country, as well as 131 other countries around the world.
Toys “R” Us Canada first opened its doors in 1983, and while the company has declared bankruptcy just south of the border, the toy conglomerate is still active in Canada today. A total of 82 of their toy stores remain open in the country.