TOYS FOR TOTS TO TEENS — Santa with (left to right) Kelly Hopkins, Spark Media, general manager Michael Magnusson of Cascades Casino and Black Pressdirector of operations for the South Okanagan Larry Mercier of the Western News with the newspaper’s gift bag for Friday’s Toys for Tots to Teens which starts at7 a.m. at the casino. There will be kids activities, festival music and more. This year there is also an afternoon event, held at Canadian Tire, from 2 to 6 p.m.,where the Penticton Fire Department will be arriving at 2:15 p.m. with their vintage 1957 No. 5 engine, IGA will have their community barbecue fired up and TimHortons will be serving coffee.                                Mark Brett/Western News

TOYS FOR TOTS TO TEENS — Santa with (left to right) Kelly Hopkins, Spark Media, general manager Michael Magnusson of Cascades Casino and Black Pressdirector of operations for the South Okanagan Larry Mercier of the Western News with the newspaper’s gift bag for Friday’s Toys for Tots to Teens which starts at7 a.m. at the casino. There will be kids activities, festival music and more. This year there is also an afternoon event, held at Canadian Tire, from 2 to 6 p.m.,where the Penticton Fire Department will be arriving at 2:15 p.m. with their vintage 1957 No. 5 engine, IGA will have their community barbecue fired up and TimHortons will be serving coffee. Mark Brett/Western News

Toy donation event runs today

Two events held in Penticton on Dec. 1.

The community is asked to bring new, unwrapped gifts for children ages one to 17, cash donations or gift cards to the Toys For Tots to Teens event today.

From 7 to 9 a.m. at Match Eatery at Cascades Casino a drop off zone is open that includes gingerbread decorating, scrumptious pancake stations and hot chocolate. Santa Claus will be there and there will also be festive music to enjoy your breakfast thanks to students from Parkway School and Princess Margaret Secondary.

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If you can’t get to the morning event, Santa will be at Canadian Tire for a toy drop from 2 to 6 p.m. to receive your donation along with the Penticton Fire Department and local volunteers. IGA will have their community barbecue fired up and Tim Hortons will have afternoon java ready for you.

The vintage 1957 No. 5 fire engine will roll into the Canadian Tire parking lot at 2:15 p.m.