Holiday recipe: food stand raises funds for local charities

Windsor, Ontario. –

A boy is using his favorite food plate for the perfect gift this holiday season.

Phillip Lamontagne believes that all children should have a gift under their Christmas tree.

“People don’t have toys for Christmas,” says the seven-year-old who raised $ 650 with a charity taco stand.

He donated the money to Sparky’s Toy Drive.

“It was my idea,” says Lamontagne.

His family saw first-hand what it means to help people through tough times and is paying for it before the holidays.

“Many people have been generous to us because of my daughter’s leukemia,” says her father, Daniel Lamontagne.

“We started a Go Fund Me that exploded far beyond what we could imagine, so we thought it was our turn to help people.”

For more than half a century, Sparky’s Toy Drive has helped provide local families with new toys for children under 13 at Christmas.

“When a kid does something like that, it means a little bit more, so I thought it was amazing,” says Sean Costello of the Windsor Firefighters Benefit Fund.

“Generally, we range from 12 to 1,300 families and around 3,000 children.”

Items in demand this year include board games, crafts, and toys for one-year-olds.

“A lot of people care about our youth in our community,” says Costello. “I am here to tell you that we are in good hands.”

The group is accepting unwrapped toys through December 23 at all participating fire room and retail locations.

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