25,000 Children Counting On You For Christmas Gifts This Year
3 days ago by Communications

For 70 years, 25,000 children and families throughout Cook and Lake counties experience the joy, magic, and spirit of the holidays through the Catholic Charities Celebration of Giving toy drive. The agency counts on the public and businesses to donate toys to ensure that every child has something to open on Christmas morning and their Christmas wishes come true.  

Toy donations are now being accepted through December 13 with eight drop off locations in Cook and Lake Counties. In addition, toys can be ordered from Amazon and shipped directly to the agency’s “Santa’s Workshop.”

“We are blessed to have volunteers and donors who return to us year after year to provide children and families with gifts and necessities during Christmas, but we always need new individual donors, companies and parishes willing to host toy drives or donate gifts to children in need” said Marie Jochum, Catholic Charities Associate Director of Board Relations and Mission Engagement. “Children’s eyes light up when they open their gifts Christmas morning and struggling parents are so grateful to be able to provide a true Christmas experience for their children. We count on generous donors to help make the Christmas wishes come true for nearly 25,000 children every year.” 

This year, Catholic Charities has made donating even easier by introducing online shopping with direct shipment to Catholic Charities Santa’s Workshop from Amazon. To link directly to the Catholic Charities Amazon Wish List, visit catholiccharities.net/celebration

Gifts can also be dropped off in person through December 13 on the following days and times:

Weekday Drop-Off  Locations and Times

Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Catholic Charities 721 N. LaSalle, Chicago 

Monday-Friday 8-4
Catholic Charities at St. Casimir 2601 W Marquette Rd, Chicago
Catholic Charities at 12731 S. Wood St., Blue Island 
Catholic Charities at 1400 S Austin Blvd, Cicero
Catholic Charities 1717 Rand Rd, Des Plaines 
St. Philip the Apostle Parish 1962 Old Willow Road, Northfield
Waukegan/Lake County – Please call (847) 782-4210 for drop off details

Weekend Drop-Off Dates and Locations

Saturday, December 2 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Incarnation Catholic Parish: 5757 W 127th St, Palos Heights 

Saturday, December 9 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Catholic Charities 721 N LaSalle St, Chicago
Catholic Charities at St. Casimir 2601 W Marquette Rd, Chicago
Catholic Charities at 12731 S. Wood St., Blue Island 
Catholic Charities at 1400 S Austin Blvd, Cicero

Sunday, December 10 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Catholic Charities at  1717 Rand Rd., Des Plaines

For more information on volunteering or for donation drop off details, contact (312) 655-7401 or COG@catholiccharities.net.
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