The following was submitted by Mayor Menino's office:
Isaiah Gonzales, from East Boston, holds a toy alongside Wally The Green Monster during the City Of Boston’s Toys For Tickets campaign. Isaiah’s dad, Ernesto came into City Hall to pay for a parking ticket. Boston drivers who came to City Hall in person received a gift from the Red Sox - the team covered the payment of one non-public safety related parking ticket by donating a toy to the City of Boston’s annual Toys for Tickets campaign.
The Toys for Tickets Campaign began in 1993 and has been embraced by local drivers who appreciate the opportunity to pay off a parking ticket by contributing to a worthy charity. Often, drivers choose to donate a toy that is valued in excess of the original ticket amount when participating in the Campaign. In 2011, 119 parking tickets were resolved with non-violent toys that valued approximately $3,800.