To ensure every Evanston family gets to celebrate this holiday season, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl calls on all residents, community members and visitors, young and old, to participate in the sixth annual Holiday Food & Toy Drive by providing food, toys and financial donations through Dec. 12.

The City is currently collecting non-perishable food items and new, unwrapped toys that encourage physical and/or social activities at the Morton Civic Center; the Main, North Branch and Chicago Avenue/Main Street libraries; Chandler-Newberger, Robert Crown and Fleetwood-Jourdain community centers; the Levy Center, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, the Ecology Center and all five fire stations.

Tax-deductible financial donations can also be made online at or by mail to Parks, Recreation and Community Services Dept., c/o Joe McRae, 2100 Ridge Ave., Evanston, IL 60201. Checks should be made payable to “City of Evanston Holiday Giving.”

On Dec. 19, community members can also donate their time by volunteering during the holiday basket giveaway event. Online registration is available at Volunteer