URBANA – Tough times call for generous hearts.
And these are the kind of tough financial times that could leave some kids without gifts this holiday season, say the sponsors of the annual Carle/Salvation Army toy drive now under way.
"These are tough times, probably the toughest we have seen during the 26 years that Carle has been a corporate sponsor," said Gretchen Robbins, Carle director of corporate outreach. "So we are hopeful the more fortunate area families will once again give from their hearts by providing gifts for children and teens who would otherwise go without."
To participate, drop off a new, unwrapped toy or gift card for an infant, child or teen at Carle Foundation Hospital's main lobby and breezeway, 611 W. Park St., U.
Toys and gift cards can also be dropped off at the following Carle locations: in Urbana at 1818 W. Windsor Road and the South Clinic lobby at 602 W. University Ave.; in Champaign at 1701 W. Curtis Road, 1802 S. Mattis Ave. and 1813 W. Kirby Ave.; and at the Carle branch locations in Rantoul and Mahomet.
Toys can also be dropped off at the Curves facility at Round Barn, Champaign, and at WDWS/WHMS/WUIL, 2301 S. Neil St., C.
Or, bring a toy to the all-day drive-through collection to be held from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Carle facility at 1802 S. Mattis Ave., C. For those without time to shop, cash donations are accepted at the drive-through event.
The annual toy drive is a community service of Carle and WDWS/WHMS/WUIL. For information, listen to the "Mike in the Morning" show on WHMS Lite Rock 97.5.
For a list of suggested toys for various age groups, go online to http://www.carle.org/toydrive.