Donations have reached nearly $80,000 for a Malvern kindergarten playground that was burned to the ground on Monday night.
The fire department arrived to find the playground in flames around 9 p.m.
It took the Malvern community five years to raise $20,000 to create the play area.
"It's especially important, especially in a priority neighbourhood that we focus so much on opportunities for young people," Scarborough Rouge River trustee Shaun Chen said.
Canadian Tire said it will contribute $20,000 in corporate donations and a $2,000 contribution from local store dealer Stephen Grand. New sports equipment, including soccer balls, hockey sticks and nets will also be given to the school.
"Unfortunately we've seen a few things like these happen. Last year there was an incident in Quebec, another one at High Park and we really think it's important kids have a safe place to play in their own community," said Landon French, vice-president of Sports Partnerships, Canadian Tire.
Kids in Sports Foundation, NewsTalk 1010 staff and listeners, TD Bank, CUPE 4400, Home Depot, Tom Mihalik of Tom's Place, Viana Roofing, Lowe's and McDonalds have also donated and pledged their support to the community.
"The response is truly overwhelming and we cannot thank the people of Toronto enough for the generosity they displayed," said Chen.
Donations pour in for Malvern playground destroyed by fire
Donations have reached nearly $80,000 for Mary Shadd Public School's kindergarten playground
CBC News Posted: May 08, 2013 1:22 PM ET Last Updated: May 09, 2013 7:53 PM ET
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