Brighten the holidays for struggling families in Evanston.

Donate to the Mayor’s Holiday Food, Book, and Toy Drive From Mayor Daniel Biss:

As we approach the holiday season and some families enthusiastically prepare for celebrations and gift-giving, I am mindful of the Evanstonians for whom these experiences impose a financial burden that is unbearable or a source of deep stress.

That's why I'm asking you to join me in supporting the Mayor’s Holiday Food, Book, and Toy Drive, which for years has brightened up the holidays for hundreds of local families in need.

The simplest way to support this effort is to make a tax-deductible financial donation through the Evanston Parks Foundation which will enable the City to purchase food, toys, and books in bulk. You may do so online here -- or by mailing checks to:

Evanston Parks Foundation, 2100 Ridge Ave., Suite 1100, Evanston, IL 60201.


Additionally, we are collecting unwrapped toys, new and like-new children’s books, and non-perishable food items now through December 10th at several convenient drop-off sites listed here.

Distribution of the holiday gifts and food baskets will take place on December 15th at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center.

I wish you and yours an enjoyable, safe, and healthy holiday, and I so appreciate your effort to ensure that as much of our community as possible enjoys that same opportunity. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Onward, Daniel

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