Toy Tea benefits children living in women’s shelters in the Greater Montreal Area during the holiday season.
Ginger Petty started the organization in 1991 to bring some joy to underprivileged children.
“Why shouldn’t they be able to enjoy a little bit of warmth, and a little bit of happiness during the holidays?” explained Toy Tea co-chair Paulina Flores Rutenberg.
“[Petty] started it at her home, she invited some friends, and it grew.”
Twenty-six years later the annual event will be held at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal for the first time.
“We collect over 2,000 toys every year,” said Ludwick.
“It’s a fantastic time for all the kids to enjoy.”
Toy Tea is open to the public and admission is one new non-violent unwrapped toy. Guests can enjoy a cup of tea while listening to holiday classics performed by students.
The 2017 tea party will feature a dozen school choirs from around the island with donations going to over 30 women’s shelters in the Greater Montreal Area.
“We have a team of volunteers,” said Ludwick.
“[The team] have put in a lot of hours and hard work into preparing all the little details that go into something like this.”
Toy Tea takes place at The Ritz-Carlton’s Oval Room Wednesday, Dec. 6 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.