Holiday Toy Drives to Help Give Back in Chicagoland

Give back this holiday season by donating some toys for kids in need.

No season makes us realize how blessed our kids are than the holiday season. That’s why it’s important to give back and help those in need.

Toy donations are something even very young children can understand and participate in. We’ve gathered up Chicagoland locations collecting toys to provide a magical holiday for children who would otherwise not have one.

Toys for Tots Drive

Obviously, the most well-known toy drive is the U.S. Marine Corps’ annual Toys for Tots Drive. Since its founding in 1995, the Toys for Tots program has distributed more than 512 million toys to more than 237 million less fortunate children. You can choose to donate a toy online or drop one off at one of its local toy drop locations.

Becca’s LEGacy Toy Drive

Becca’s LEGacy donates collected toys to Chicago-area hospitals to help children with cancer. New, unwrapped toys, art supplies, puzzles and more for infants through teens can be purchased through the foundation’s Amazon wish list.

Salvation Army Angel Tree

Salvation Army toy donations run through Dec. 15 at locations throughout the Chicago area. The goal is to provide toys to less fortunate children and children whose parents are currently in the prison system. You also purchase gifts for children in need through its Walmart registry.

Marillac St. Vincent Family Services Christmas Store

As one of Chicago’s oldest toy drives, MSV offers area families a chance to “shop” for toys, stocking stuffers, books, games, clothes and stuffed animals for each of their children and have their gifts wrapped. Each family is also provided with a bag of food, including a turkey. You can ship toys to their location or donate online.

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Lurie Children’s Hospital is looking for age-appropriate toys to help brighten up the healing environment for their patients. You can drop off toys in-person or find gifts to purchase through its Amazon wish list.

Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center

This organization helps families after experiencing sexual abuse and other trauma. For the holidays, they hope to deliver thousands of toys to children and their families who come to the center. You can host a toy drive or use their Amazon or Target wish lists to ship toys directly to their location.

Sharing Connections

To help provide gifts to children in DuPage County, Sharing Connections is collecting toys for kids of all ages. You can also donate hats, gloves, coats and books as well. Donations can be dropped off on or before Dec. 13 at its main location in Downers Grove.


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