This year's Salvation Army toy drive set for Nov. 20 to Dec. 15

This year's Salvation Army toy drive set for Nov. 20 to Dec. 15

CHAMPAIGN — Starting your holiday shopping yet? You might want to consider buying a toy that can become a gift for a child who otherwise might not get one.

The annual Salvation Army toy drive sponsored by Carle and WDWS-WHMS-WKIO radio stations will be held from Nov. 20 to Dec. 15 this year.

Last year, the drive collected nearly 2,600 toys and more than $4,600 for the Salvation Army of Champaign County to provide holiday gifts for children of needy families.

Donors are asked to drop off new, unwrapped toys and gifts appropriate for children through age 12. There is a special need for gifts suitable for kids ages 9-12, according to Carle.

Toys can be dropped off this year at:

— Carle Foundation Hospital and tower main lobbies, 611 W. Park St., U.

— Carle South Clinic lobby, 602 W. University Ave., U.

— Carle at 1701 W. Curtis Road, C.

— Carle at 1818 E. Windsor Road, U.

— Carle at 1001 Heather Drive, Mahomet.

— Windsor of Savoy, 401 Burwash Ave., Savoy.

— Health Alliance Medical Plans, inside Lincoln Square.

— WDWS-WHMS-WKIO, now at The News-Gazette building, 15 Main St., C.

Toys and monetary donations can also be brought to a drive-through collection set for 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 13 at a new location this year, Carle Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, 2300 S. First St., C.

While donated toys should be new, donors can also bring used coats, hats and mittens that are in good condition — along with new coats, hats and mittens — to the drive-through collection next month. Those items also will be given to people in need.

For those at a loss about what to donate, the sponsors have suggested riding toys for toddlers, Duplo box sets, shopping carts, wagons, train sets, toy cars and trucks, Nerf sets, educational toys, kitchen sets, doll houses, doll strollers, Easy-Bake ovens, play sleeping bags and tents, Illini clothing and sports gear, skateboards, art sets, video and electronic hand-held games, radios, CD players, musical instruments, remote-control cars or trucks, science kits, diaries, headphones, G- or PG-rated DVDs, and Barbie dolls — the brand-name ones, not the generics.

Donors are advised to refrain from dropping off used stuffed animals, candy, stocking stuffers, Play-Doh, glue crayons or classic board games.

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