Beyak Automotive Group makes toy donation to UNFC Christmas program

By Ken Kellar
Staff writer

Like many other organizations in the district during the holiday season, the Beyak Automotive Group is doing their part to help ensure every child gets a toy for Christmas.

On Monday, December 6, 2021, representatives from the group made a stop at the United Native Friendship Centre (UNFC) building in downtown Fort Frances to deliver $1,500 worth of toys that will be going out to kids in need for Christmas as part of the UNFC’s Adopt-A-Family program, according to the Beyak Automotive Group and the UNFC’s Jennifer Kivimaki.

Staff from Beyak Automotive Group paid a visit to the United Native friendship Centre recently, bearing a gift of $1,500 worth of toys and games for the organization’s Adopt-A-Family program. The toys will be included in Christmas hampers, which will be distributed to families in need over the holidays. – Submitted photo

Holly Kaemingh, the Beyak Automotive Group’s Marketing and Public Relations Manager, said the donation is just the Group’s way of making sure that kids of all ages are looked after during the season.

“We purchased toys for the United Native Friendship Centre’s hampers, for them to give to children who may not have a gift this Christmas,” Kaemingh said.

“We focus more on the tween, 10-14 age group because Jennifer told us they receive more for babies and younger children, so we were really focusing on that middle age group.”

Although it’s not the first charitable donation the Beyak Automotive Group has made to organizations in the region, this year is the first they have made a donation of toys.

According to Kivimaki, the donation will make a big difference for the families who will be receiving a hamper from the UNFC this year.

“This donation is amazing and it’s going to go towards making a lot of kids’ Christmas a lot brighter through our Adopt-A-Family program,” she said.

“This is fantastic – and, we appreciate everything we get from everybody. It’s awesome and we thank them so much.”

Kivimaki said the organization always includes toys in their Christmas program, but that they generally come from a toy drive. Having a sponsor step in this year to provide toys for kids makes another big difference for all involved.

“It makes things a lot easier for us,” Kivimaki said. “It helps make a lot of families’ Christmas.”

Kaemingh said the Beyak Automotive Group is happy to be able to help make Christmas more special for those in need in the area.

“We are so happy to be able to support our community and give back,” she said.

“We really hope that these gifts will put a smile on some faces on Christmas morning. We’re really excited.”