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MONTREAL- NOVEMBER 19, 2015 – Students from the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) will once again work towards collecting new toys for the 24th annual Christmas and Chanukah Toy Tea, to be held at Tudor Hall on the fifth floor of Ogilvy’s Department Store on December 2.

The toys will benefit over 5,000 children who are being sheltered and protected from abuse, or violence, as well as other children’s charities. This will be the 13th year of the EMSB’s involvement in the Toy Tea Campaign, which is an initiative of former Spiritual, Religious and Moral Education Consultant Irene Miller.

Student representatives from each school, along with their respective spiritual community animators, teachers, administrators and parent volunteers, will attend the event to drop off their donated toys and receive special certificates of participation from Claire Kruyt, the Toy Tea’s chairperson, along with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The event will also feature the singing of Christmas carols by several school choirs.

“The Toy Tea is a good fundraiser and a good cause, because everyone understands where the toys go to,” said Dora Cesta, the EMSB’s Assistant Director of Student Services. “What’s so beautiful about it is that no matter how many students participate in it, the commitment is always there, and the schools mobilize themselves to help out with the drive.”

Schools can participate by collecting new non-violent toys. While non-violent toys are preferred and can be delivered unwrapped to Tudor Hall between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on December 2nd, donations and cheques endorsed to the Toy Tea would also be greatly appreciated. Log on to for more information.

Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213