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Toys for Tots drive runs until December 16

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Cartoon trains with the words Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots of McLean County

Logo for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots of McLean County campaign.

Get ready to “Put a little love in their hearts” with Toys for Tots.

The Civil Service Council and Illinois State are partnering with Toys for Tots of McLean County to provide toys to underprivileged children in Bloomington-Normal and throughout the county.

Students, faculty, and staff are asked to drop off a new, unwrapped toy to any of the drop box locations around campus. Drop boxes will be available until December 16.

Drop boxes are located:

  • The Office of the Registrar, Moulton Hall
  • Hovey Hall, first floor
  • The Alumni Center on North Main Street
  • The Nelson Smith Building
  • Uptown Crossing
  • DeGarmo Hall, third floor
  • Milner Library, break room.

There will also be drop boxes this year for those of you attending the annual Children’s Holiday Party from 6-8 p.m. on Dec. 6 at Horton Field House.

This is the eighth year of the successful partnership, under the theme “Put a little love in their hearts.” Last year, 12,421 toys were distributed and 4,132 children in McLean County were supported through the toy drive.

McLean County Toys for Tots was affiliated with the drive based with the “Charlie Company” Marine Reserve Unit in Peoria, Illinois. However in McLean County the drive was run by a group of dedicated volunteers made up of local businesses and retired Marines. Prior to Christmas 2000, it was decided that the McLean County drive would apply to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to be an independent campaign or Local Community Organization. That designation was granted, and for over 15 years McLean County Toys for Tots has worked to make sure children in need in our community would have a brighter Christmas.

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