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To ensure every Evanston family gets to celebrate this holiday season, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl encourages all community members to participate in the seventh annual Holiday Food & Toy Drive. Community members can help local families in need by providing food, toys and financial donations through Friday, December 11.

The City is currently collecting new, unwrapped toys that encourage physical and/or social activities, in addition to non-perishable food items, at various City locations, including:

Tax-deductible financial donations can also be made online or by mail to purchase additional items. To submit your donation quickly and securely online, visit cityofevanston.org/holidaydonation. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards are accepted.

For mail-in donations, checks should be made payable to “City of Evanston Holiday Giving,” and mailed to Parks, Recreation and Community Services Dept., 2100 Ridge Ave., Evanston, IL 60201.

On Friday, December 18, community members can also donate their time by volunteering during the holiday basket giveaway event. To register online, visit VolunteerEvanston.org.

To increase community outreach, the City has partnered with Toys for Tots, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve program that aims to collect and distribute new, unwrapped toys to less fortunate children in local communities across the U.S. Toys donated at any of the five Evanston Toys for Tots locations will be donated to the Mayor’s Holiday Food & Toy Drive. To learn more about Toys for Tots and to search for toy drop-off locations, visit fort-sheridan-il.toysfortots.org.

To learn more about the Holiday Food & Toy Drive, visit cityofevanston.org/holidaydonation or contact Ken Cherry at 847-448-4311.