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 from October 30 until December 14.

Drop boxes will be placed around campus in the following locations:

  • The Alumni Center on North Main Street
  • DeGarmo Hall, third floor
  • Facilities Management, Carter Harris Physical Plant
  • Hovey Hall, first floor
  • Milner Library, break room
  • The Nelson Smith Building
  • The Office of the Registrar, Moulton Hall
  • The Office of Residential Life
  • Uptown Crossing

This is the ninth year of the successful partnership which helps provide toys to over 4,000 underprivileged children in Bloomington/Normal and throughout McLean County.

For questions about the toy drive, please contact ISU/Toys for Tots Liaison Troy Zeigler at 438-5516.

The 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.