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The City of Evanston is seeking donations of food, toys and money to the seventh annual Mayor’s Holiday Food & Toy Drive through Friday, Dec. 11.

New unwrapped toys that encourage physical and/or social activities, in addition to non-perishable food items are being collected at 16 city locations, including including the Civic Center, all three library branches, the community centers, and the police and fire stations.

Tax-deductible financial donations can also be made online or by mail to purchase additional items.

For mailed 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.

Community members can also register online to volunteer during the holiday basket giveaway event Friday, Dec. 18.

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 communities across the country. Toys donated at any of the five Evanston Toys for Tots locations will be donated to the Mayor’s Holiday Food & Toy Drive.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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