Annual Toy Tea goes virtual with entertainment, but they're still collecting toys for local children

For almost 30 years, the Toy Tea has collected toys for children in battered women's shelters across Greater Montreal. A day-long celebration would take place annually where attendees could drop of new toys and stop in for awhile to listen to the sweet, festive sound of school choirs while noshing on delectable treats. The holiday season could practically be felt. Representatives from the battered women's shelters attended, as did local politicians and celebrities, proud parents, members of the community, and more. Over the years, they have collected thousands upon thousands of toys, and this year hopes to be no exception.

Given the circumstances surrounding the pandemic, the Toy Tea organizing committee has gotten creative and planned an online showcase, set to take place on November 25th at 4pm here. Right now, students from age 3-18 are invited to submit a video of themselves performing (singing, dancing, playing an instrument, etc.). The videos will be compiled into a showcase that is set to air November 25th, where there will even be a special guest performance by Sam Roberts Band. In the meantime, participants, as well as those who want to contribute to an incredibly worthy cause, are invited to donate a toy by either dropping them off at one of the boutiques listed on the Toy Tea website, or going through the organization's specially curated Amazon store and purchasing toys through there.

The pandemic has unfortunately meant an increase in need at battered women's shelters, and this year's Toy Tea efforts are more needed than ever. For more information, visit their website.