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4-Year-Old Lindsay Boy Donates 61 New Toys To Kinsmen Christmas Toy Drive After Holding Yard Sales To Raise Money

KAWARTHA LAKES-Orange Shirt Day at school was the day four-year-old Blake Lacroix learned that life can be unfair.

“The only thing I can think of is they learned about Orange Day in school.” Blakes mom Jenny Lacroix told Kawartha 411 News. “In Kindergarten they were pretty careful with their words and I think it triggered in him that not everyone has the things he has.”

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation also known as Orange Shirt Day, is a Canadian statutory holiday to recognize the legacy of the Canadian Indian residential school system held on September 30th.

Lacroix says after Orange Shirt Day Blake and his Papa decided to donate some food to the local food bank. Not long after that little Blake announced he wanted to give away some of his toys. The pair decided to have a yard sale instead. Blake sat out at the table for four days selling his wares no matter the October chill in the air. 


“The community was amazing. They came with food, they came with more bags of toys, he started going into papas garage and trying to find anything he could to sell.” says Lacroix.


Blake ended up making $410 dollars. His parents took him shopping and he bought 61 toys and donated every single one of them to the Kinsmen Christmas Toy Drive in Lindsay. They documented his journey on Facebook.


“He’s a very unique little boy. I’m so proud of him, so overwhelmed. We constantly look back over the posts on Facebook and reading the comments I am speechless. He loves hearing everything everybody said to him.”

Blake suffers from anxiety brought on by the pandemic and his mom says helping others has also helped him.

“He has every anxiety so we jump on anything we can that gives him a purpose. He’s been struggling and this really helped.”

And he’s not done giving back.

“I’m going to do it again in the summer,” Blake says. “I’m going to get some more gifts and food.” 


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Pamela Vanmeer
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Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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