Submitted by City of Evanston
To ensure every Evanston family gets to celebrate this holiday season, Mayor Daniel Biss is encouraging all community members to participate in the annual Mayor’s Holiday Food, Book and Toy Drive.
Through Friday, December 9, the city is collecting new, unwrapped toys in addition to staple food items for holiday meals, including stuffing, green beans, yams, mac and cheese, corn and corn bread mix. The city is also collecting new and gently used children’s books.
Items can be dropped off at locations throughout the city, including:
- Autobarn, 1015 Chicago Ave.
- Chandler-Newberger Center, 1028 Central St.
- Chase Bank, 1603 Orrington Ave.
- Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd.
- Evanston Community Bank, 1740 Sherman Ave.
- Evanston Made Holiday Market, 832 Dempster St.
- Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.
- Fire Station 3, 1105 Central St.
- Fire Station 5, 2830 Central St.
- Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster St.
- Jewel-Osco, 1128 Chicago Ave.
- Jewel-Osco, 2485 W. Howard St.
- Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave.
- Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St.
- Partnership Financial Credit Union, 2522 Green Bay Rd.
- Police Station, 1454 Elmwood Ave.
- Robert Crown Center, 1801 Main St.
- Target, 2209 W Howard St.
- The Merion, 1611 Chicago Ave.
- Valli Produce, 1910 Dempster St.
Families who wish to participate in the Holiday Food, Book & Toy Drive to receive toys and/or food items must register by calling 311 between Tuesday, November 29 and Monday, December 12.
Support the drive
Residents interested in making a financial contribution towards a purchase by the Evanston Parks Foundation for food and toys in bulk can make an online donation or mail a check to:
Evanston Parks Foundation
City of Evanston Holiday Giving
1655 Foster St.
Evanston, IL 60201
To learn more about the Mayor’s Holiday Food, Book and Toy Drive, visit cityofevanston.org/holidaydonation or contact Ken Cherry at 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.