CHICAGO --The 2016 ABC 7 Chicago Holiday Toy Drive presented by IHOP kicked off Nov. 11 on Windy City LIVE.
ABC 7 Chicago joins forces with IHOP to present the 2016 ABC 7 Holiday Toy Drive, benefiting Toys for Tots. Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini, co-hosts of ABC 7's popular talk show, Windy City LIVE, will drive the toy collection effort. Now in its 4th year, the toy drive kicked off during Windy City LIVE on Nov. 11. Windy City LIVE also airs at 12:05 a.m. and on Sundays at 11:30 p.m.
The mission of this campaign is to help make a child's holiday wish come true. To that end, Ryan and Val will encourage ABC 7 viewers to drop off new, unwrapped toys at participating IHOP locations before Dec. 13. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve will then distribute those toys to less fortunate children in the community. For more information go to windycitylive.com.
Members of the U.S. Marine Corps, Staff Sergeant Johnny Garcia, appeared on Windy City LIVE to talk about Toys for Tots on Nov. 11, which coincided with Veteran's Day.
U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots goal is "to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens."
The following is a suggested list of toys for donation:
Wish List For Children Infant - Age 13:
Arts & Crafts
Blocks and Legos
Visit one of these Chicago area IHOP locations:
ADDISON, IL - 1671 W Lake St
AURORA, IL - 583 S. Route 59
BOLINGBROOK, IL - 730 N. Janes Ave.
BOURBONNAIS, IL - 1347 Kinneman Drive
BRIDGEVIEW,IL - 7240 W 79th Street
BUFFALO GROVE, IL - 51 McHenry Road
CHICAGO, IL - N. Halsted & Broadway
CHICAGO, IL - Cicero Ave., north of Irving Park Rd.
CHICAGO, IL - Diversey Ave., at California
CHICAGO, IL - N. Lincoln Ave., soiuth of Peterson
CHICAGO, IL - 7601 S. Cicero, Ford City Mall
CICERO, IL - Target Plaza - Corner of 31st and Cicero Ave.
CRESTWOOD, IL - Cal Sag Rd. and Cicero Ave.
CRYSTAL LAKE, IL - 6606 Northwest Hwy.
DEKALB, IL - 131 N. Annie Glidden Rd.
ELGIN, IL - Lake St. and Randall Rd.
EVANSTON, IL - Asbury, Howard & N. Western Ave.
GLENVIEW, IL - Willow Road, in front of Kohl's
HAMMOND, IN - Opening Soon
HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL - Barrington Rd., at I-90
JOLIET, IL - Larkin Ave., just south of Theodore
KENOSHA, WI - 7200 75th Street
LANSING, IL - 2430 173rd Street
MATTESON, IL - 20900 Cicero Ave
McHENRY, IL - Rt. 1-20, just west of IL Rt. 31
MELROSE PARK, IL - 1040 W. North Ave. RE-OPENING SOON
MERRILLVILLE, IN - E. 79th St., just off Rt. 30 (Costco Plaza)
MICHIGAN CITY, IN - 5225 Franklin St.
MORRIS, IL - I-80 and Rt. 47
NEW LENOX, IL - 411 E. Lincoln Hwy.
NORRIDGE, IL - 7056 West Forest Preserve Dr.
NORTH AURORA, IL - 2455 Augusta Way
ORLAND PARK IL - La Grange Rd., across from Orland Sq. Mall
OSWEGO, IL - 2850 US Hwy. 34, in front of Home Depot
PERU, IL - 4383 Venture Dr., across from Target
ROCKFORD, IL - 6960 Argus Dr.
ROSEMONT, IL - 7120 N. Mannheim Rd.
SCHAUMBURG, IL - 1700 E. Higgins Rd.
SKOKIE, IL - Skokie Blvd., south of Golf Rd.
ST. CHARLES, IL - 125 Smith Rd., Corner of Smith Rd. and North Ave.
VERNON HILLS, IL - Milwaukee Ave and Town Line Rd.
WAUKEGAN, IL - 2662 Belvidere Rd.