Cuyahoga Falls to Launch Toys for Tickets Donation Program
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CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio (WJW) – The City of Cuyahoga Falls is getting into the holiday spirit, waiving petty ticket offenses in exchange for a toy to donate as part of its Toys for Tickets program that is expected to help hundreds of ‘children.
“For very minor traffic violations instead of a ticket, you will get an exemption allowing you to donate a toy,” said Mayor Don Walters of Cuyahoga Falls.
The program starts Friday and lasts until December 11. New donations of unwrapped toys will be accepted to the police department, regardless of a toy waiver for a traffic violation, according to Walters.
“It’s totally on the honor system actually, when you get a toy waiver instead of a ticket, we don’t follow up with that, but people are very good at donating,” he said. he declared.
The toys will be distributed by the non-profit organization Good Neighbors Cuyahoga Falls, which provides services to the community including groceries, clothing, pet food and other items.
“We all care about the community and we all realize that we need to be together and help those less fortunate,” said Bob Goldstein, president of Good Neighbors Cuyahoga Falls.
The Toys for Tickets program, now in its 11th year, is expected to have a positive impact on families struggling with the additional hardships of the pandemic.
“Times are tough right now,” Goldstein said. “This year, in particular, we have people doing this without the generosity of the community, they wouldn’t have food or gifts for their families this year.”
The organization hopes to have a lasting impact this year by planning to help hundreds of people during the holiday season.
“We have an annual Christmas program to benefit the customers we see throughout the year,” Goldstein said. “This year, we have invited 600 families, these are people who qualified this year to receive food from us.”
Learn more about the program here.
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