The City of Evanston is asking residents to contribute toys and food items for distribution to families in need over the holidays.

It’s the fifth annual Holiday Food & Toy Drive, sponsored by Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and local community organizations.

Items may be dropped off through Friday, Dec. 13, at the following locations:

Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.  Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.–9 p.m.

Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. Sun., Noon-6 p.m.; Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

North branch library, 2026 Central St. Mon., 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Tues.-Wed., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Sat., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St. Mon., 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Tues.-Thurs., 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sun., Noon-4 p.m.

Chandler-Newberger Center, 1028 Central St. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd. Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St. Mon.-Fri., 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave. Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St. Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The city will also accept tax-deductible financial donations, made online or by mail, to purchase food and toys in bulk for families in need within the community.

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

Donations can also be made quickly and securely on the city’s website.

The city will host a week of holiday giving with many community faith-based organizations beginning Monday, Dec. 16, culminating with the annual distribution of holiday gifts and food baskets from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, at Fleetwood-Jourdain.

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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