Royal LePage RCR Realty hosts Toy Drive

ToyDriveRoyal LePage RCR Realty hosts Toy Drive

This holiday season, Royal LePage RCR Realty has joined forces with the Salvation Army to collect new, unwrapped toys as part of the Salvation Army’s annual toy drive. The drive aims to provide families that are in financial need with gifts for their children that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to provide.

“I have been involved with this for a few years with another business that I was operating,” explained John Walkinshaw, a realtor at Royal Lepage RCR. “The leadership here at Royal LePage, decided to do this as an entire company, and encourage all the agents to talk to their clients about donating gifts.”

John Walkinshaw moved to the real estate business after a 27 year history in the Orangeville automotive industry, and a large part of the move to Royal LePage RCR had to do with their heart for the community.

“They do the same kinds of things in the community that I like to focus on,” he said. “I do these things because I really have a heart for the kids, a heart for people that don’t have much. When I was young I was faced with a situation where I had a struggle, which awakened me to how hard Christmas and the holidays can be for some families.”

The economic and financial diversity that exists in Orangeville can sometimes make it hard to recognize how a large a group of residents are struggling to get by in the town, which is why Mr. Walkinshaw believes it’s up to those that are doing well to help bless those that are not.

“Orangeville is a very diverse economy,” he said. “There are lots of people that are very blessed, and there are lots of families that are really in need and have an extremely low income. I think it’s really important that the people who have an abundance are willing to share with the people that need blessing, especially at Christmas.”

Royal LePage RCR is collecting new, unwrapped toys until December 18, in order to get the gifts to the Salvation Army church in time for sorting.

“Giving an unwrapped, new gift to an organization like the Salvation Army, which distributes them fairly to families in need, is just a wonderful thing,” said Mr. Walkinshaw. “It makes people feel good to give and it makes those kids so much happier on Christmas morning when they have gifts to unwrap.”

With the Toy Drive for 2014 coming to a close at Royal LePage RCR, they have seen a great response from the community.

“Every year I am humbled by the generosity of our community. It is such a privilege to be able to live and work in an area where people care for one another,” said Mr. Walkinshaw. He added; “Kudo’s to the many people from Royal Lepage RCR Realty and many others that get involved in these charitable opportunities, even though they are very busy in their own businesses and families. They are doing their part in making Orangeville a better place to live.”

It seems that Royal Lepage RCR’s tagline of “Helping you is what we do” means a lot more than just helping with your real estate needs.

For more information about this or other local events visit and click on the “Community” tab or call John @ (519)942-7413.

By Tabitha Wells