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 by donating food, toys or money to the campaign through Monday, Dec. 11.

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

The City is 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 the Civic Center, the libraries and community centers, the police station and the fire stations.:

Drop-off location hours are available online. That’s also where financial contributions can be made to the program, or checks, can be sent to Evanston Parks Foundation, 2100 Ridge Ave., Suite 1100, Evanston, IL 60201.

On Friday, Dec. 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

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