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To ensure every Evanston family gets to celebrate this holiday season, Mayor Stephen Hagerty is encouraging all community members to participate in the ninth annual Holiday Food and Toy Drive. Community members can provide food, toys and financial donations through Monday, December 11.

“Each year, Evanston’s Holiday Food and Toy Drive brightens the holiday season for hundreds of local families in need,” said Mayor Stephen Hagerty. “Please help make this season the most wonderful time of year for all residents by making a generous contribution.” 

The City is currently collecting new, unwrapped toys that encourage physical and/or social activities, in addition to staple food items for holiday meals, including stuffing, green beans, yams, mac and cheese, corn and corn bread mix. Community members can drop off items at various City locations, including:

For drop-off location hours, visit or call/text 847-448-4311.

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 Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards are accepted. For mail-in donations, checks should be made payable to “Evanston Parks Foundation,” and mailed to Evanston Parks Foundation, 2100 Ridge Ave., Suite 1100, Evanston, IL 60201.

On Friday, December 15, community members can also donate their time by volunteering during the holiday basket giveaway event. To register online, visit

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 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

To learn more about the Holiday Food and Toy Drive, visit or contact Ken Cherry at 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.