The annual Lights and Sirens toy drive returned in London, Ontario on Saturday.

The Toy Drive is a partnership between Life * Spin, a charity that supports low-income families, and the London emergency services.

Donations will be given to Life * Spin and will go to support children, adults and seniors living in poverty.

This year’s toy drive was held drive-thru at London Fire Department Station # 1 at 400 Horton St.

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“People come over to the side of the fire room, they can say hello to our fire room Santa and Sparky the Dog,” said Frances Elizabeth Moore, Life * Spin Chairman of the Board of Directors.

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“This year, we have had more than 200 direct sponsors and we have just over 2,500 registered children.”

One of this year’s donors is the London Bicycle Café, who donated more than $ 1,700 worth of bicycle accessories and coffee.

“We wanted to make sure everyone had a great Christmas no matter what, (and) we wanted to give back,” said Andrew Hunniford, general manager of the London Bicycle Café.

“We select (gifts) that meet the needs of an entire family, such as things for coffee and things for bicycles.”

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Gifts donated include helmets, saddlebags, travel mugs, lights, bells, and fun accessories for the kids.

“This year, those 200 sponsors handled so many families, and (for the) next few days, we are looking to meet the needs of about 1,300 more,” Moore said. “We are halfway there and that excites me and I am glad that the community has helped.”

The toy drive concluded on Saturday afternoon, but those who wish to donate can do so on Life * Spin website.

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