It was a constant flow of people coming in and out the door at Re/Max Nyda Realty’s annual Toy Drive on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

It was a constant flow of people coming in and out the door at Re/Max Nyda Realty’s annual Toy Drive on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Re/Max toy drive brings in more than 1,000 toys for less fortunate Chilliwack children

The annual Re/Max Nyda Realty Toy Drive brought in cash and toys for Chilliwack Community Services

It was a sea of presents underneath the Re/Max Christmas tree on Saturday.

The day marked the 26th annual Re/Max Nyda Realty Toy Drive at IHOP where there was a constant flow of people coming in to donate toys and teenage gifts for local youth.

This year, a total of 1,036 toys were donated, all of which will remain in Chilliwack for those in need. The gifts for kids and teens will be handed over to Chilliwack Community Services for their annual Christmas hampers.

Additionally, a cheque for $2,500 was handed over to Chilliwack Community Services. The money was raised by the 65 Realtors at Re/Max.

The event started as an open house toy drive more than 25 years ago where folks would bring a toy to residential property open houses. From there it just exploded, said Realtor Robert Lacerte.

Saturday’s toy drive also featured a buffet lunch, complimentary photos with Santa, face painting and door prizes.

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Realtor Mark Andersen gets his face painted during the Re/Max Nyda Realy Toy Drive at IHOP on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Realtor Mark Andersen gets his face painted during the Re/Max Nyda Realy Toy Drive at IHOP on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

People get their picture taken with Santa during the Re/Max Nyda realty Toy Drive at IHOP on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

People get their picture taken with Santa during the Re/Max Nyda realty Toy Drive at IHOP on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)