Members of the Castlegar Fire Department joined Shirley Henderson (third from left), franchisee for Castlegar A&W, and her staff on Saturday for the department’s 35th annual Toy Drive. Mayor Lawrence Chernoff (fourth from left) also stopped by. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

Members of the Castlegar Fire Department joined Shirley Henderson (third from left), franchisee for Castlegar A&W, and her staff on Saturday for the department’s 35th annual Toy Drive. Mayor Lawrence Chernoff (fourth from left) also stopped by. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

Castlegar Fire Department Toy Drive raises over $1,100 for food bank

The Castlegar Fire Department held its 35th annual Toy Drive at the Castlegar A&W on Saturday.

The Castlegar Fire Department held its 35th annual Toy Drive at the Castlegar A&W on Saturday and raised more than $1,100 for the food bank and collected a trailer-load of toys.

Members of the Castlegar Fire Department were on hand at the A&W from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., where they collected $1,170 in cash and tons of toys for the Community Harvest Food Bank.

Century 21 donated the use of their trailer to collect the toys. The department has held its toy drive at the local A&W for the past 19 years.

Adults and kids who brought in new, unwrapped toys received a coupon for a free burger and root beer.

“There’s a lot of families that need help this time of the year,” said Shirley Henderson, owner of the Castlegar A&W. “A lot of our staff get involved, all the community gets involved and for us, it’s just a great opportunity to show how much A&W likes to put back into the community.”

Both the A&W and the Castlegar Fire Department will be accepting toy donations until the end of the week.