Christmas came a little early for children in Tuktoyaktuk, thanks to a toy giveaway organized by the RCMP. 

The annual Christmas toy give away with Santa Clause was held this week in the Hamlet.  Members of the RCMP and their spouses bought, wrapped, and sorted all of the presents to make sure everyone got an age appropriate gift.

“I think it was a great event for the whole community,” said Sgt. Marco Papillon with the Tuktoyaktuk RCMP. “It allowed RCMP officers and their families to meet with most of the community.”

Nestled on the shores of the Arctic Oceans, Tuktoyaktuk is an Inuvialuit hamlet of about 850 people, according to the 2011 census. The community is currently in total darkness until January 6.

The event, which featured Christmas carols and refreshments, was supported by Stanton Group Limited. Several hundred parents and children reportedly turned out.

“It’s wonderful to give back to the community and the holiday season is a great time to give,” said Papillon.