Tagging for tots: Laser Quest kicks off toy drive

An empty Salvation Army Christmas Toy bin sits at Laser Quest awaiting toys. The Laser Quest Toy Drive was scheduled to begin Nov. 18. By Jasper Watrich

REGINA – Regina’s only laser tag business is aiming to spread holiday cheer to less fortunate families.

The Laser Quest Toy Drive was scheduled to begin Nov. 18, as Laser Quest is teaming up with Salvation Army to bring gifts to kids for Christmastime.

Starting at 5 p.m. on Nov. 18, Laser Quest offered free games to players contributing new and unwrapped gifts to be donated to kids this Christmas. While Laser Quest provided free laser tag for toy donors for the first day only, Laser Quest will continue to accept donations for Salvation Army before the drive wraps up Dec 15. All participants will receive 2-for-1 passes for future use.

Matthew Wightman, manager at Laser Quest in Regina, said this is the first year the two organizations have partnered together.

“The idea was just to donate all this to the Salvation Army, just to give back to kids in need this holiday season,” Wightman said.

Company president and CEO Theresa Stairs stated in a press release that the company is happy to give back:

“Partnering with the Salvation Army seemed a perfect fit as they offer practical assistance for children and families every day in Regina. When you give to The Salvation Army, you give to the community.”

Wightman and Stairs believe Laser Quest’s goal is to bring more fun to the community. The toys collected during the drive will provide them with even more fun to kids this Christmas.

“Together [with Salvation Army], we can spread the magic of the holidays throughout our community,” said Stairs. “Let’s help to give a kid a Christmas.”

Representative for Salvation Army Blair Malazdrewich said in a statement that contributions such these are extraordinarily valuable to the community.

“The Salvation Army is grateful and honoured to see the community go above and beyond for those in need,” said Malazdrewich. “When organizations recognize how they can give back, and act on it, they are truly helping us give hope and spread happiness in the holiday season and throughout the year.”

This is not the only toy drive to come to Regina this holiday season: Santas Anonymous, also with help from Salvation Army, is celebrating its 50th anniversary of collecting new toys for less fortunate kids, while Wawanesa Insurance is teaming up with the Regina Pats for a toy drive Nov. 20.

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