Impark tears up tickets for toys

By Jessica Lepp
December 10, 2015 - 11:29am Updated: December 10, 2015 - 4:06pm

KAMLOOPS — Toy for tickets. It's a rare concept in Kamloops but one that sure drew a lot of interest this morning.

Impark agreed to dissolve any parking tickets in exchange for a toy for Salvation Army.

Many were eager to wipe their slate clean but also to give a little extra for the kids.

From 7am to 11am this morning (Thursday, December 10) drivers lined up to have their Impark tickets dissolved.

And while it still came with a cost it was a method more preferred - the gift of a child's toy.

Impark agreed to the initiative organized by the Salvation Army for the second time in four years in Kamloops.

Impark Parking Manager Jason Limpright says, " the Salvation Army is a great cause, they always need help, they've also done a lot for community and I'm glad we can be here for them this year."

Captain Paul Trickett with the Salvation Army says, " I would consider this extremely successful. Many kids are going to be blessed this Christmas."

Because of this morning's exchange of parking tickets for toys, Christmas will be possible for hundreds of additional children.

"I think this is a great way for corporations to partner with people like us and to give back to the community. We want to thank Impark so much for the amount of tickets that I've seen come in. It's a big investment for them to help us even in a four hour span," said Trickett.

With the average cost of a parking ticket, after seven day, around $60 the opportunity to pay in toys was also like receiving a gift for parking violators.

The numbers are still being tallied but more than 600 tickets were exchanged for well over a thousand toys.

Salvation Army seeing an influx in donations