For Immediate Release
December 23, 2013
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The City of Boston has wrapped up its Toys for Tickets Program for 2013. Toys with a dollar value of $4,575 were collected through the program in recent days. Boston drivers paid a total of 82 parking tickets with toys worth $2,575, and the Boston Red Sox generously provided another $2,000 worth of toys. The toys will be donated to a variety of local charities and families in need this holiday season.
“I’d like to thank Boston’s drivers who went out of their way to shop for toys and drop them off at our collection sites. Their kindness to Boston’s children is appreciated,” said Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino.
Toys for Tickets is an annual holiday parking incentive in the City of Boston. It allows for non-public safety related parking tickets issued on three chosen days in early December to be resolved by drivers with the donation of a toy for a local child who might not otherwise receive a gift during the holiday season. The toys must be new and non-violent.
“Toys for Tickets is a unique and inspiring program that is popular with both Boston drivers and Boston Transportation Department staff who process the Toys for Tickets exchanges,” said BTD Commissioner Thomas J. Tinlin. “It provides an opportunity to have something positive come out of an unpleasant situation.”
The City of Boston’s two other holiday parking incentives, two hours of free metered parking on Saturdays and the 20% Boston Meter Card discount sale, remain in effect through the end of this calendar year. More information on these programs is available at www.cityofboston.gov.