Donate a Toy, Avoid a Parking Ticket

If you live in Boston, paying a parking ticket never felt so good.

That’s thanks to the city’s Toys for Tickets program. Through Dec. 9, residents are allowed to pay outstanding fines with a donation to Toys for Tots.

The gift must be greater or equal to the value of ticket. Steep ticket? An underprivileged kid is getting a sweet gift.

“During these difficult economic times, families are struggling everyday just to make ends meet,” Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said in a release last year. “After putting food on the table and paying the bills, many parents and guardians don’t have the ability to buy toys. Unfortunately, this means that too many kids are missing out on the joys of the holiday season."

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Toys for Tickets, which launched in 1993, brought in over $3800 worth of toys last year. Turns out, the parking violators were more charitable than expected.

"Some drivers choose to donate in excess of the original fine amount that is required when participating in this campaign," Emilee Ellison, a spokesperson for Mayor Menino told Fenway-Kenmore Patch.

Just goes to show, bad drivers are still good people.

Become a gift-giving guru this holiday season. GO