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Mayor Hagerty's Holiday Food, Book and Toy Drive

Post Date:11/07/2018 12:19 PM

To ensure every Evanston family gets to celebrate this holiday season, Mayor Stephen Hagerty is encouraging all community members to participate in the 10th annual Mayor's Holiday Food, Book and Toy Drive.

Through Friday, December 14, the City is collecting new, unwrapped toys that encourage physical and/or social activities, in addition to staple food items for holiday meals, including stuffing, green beans, yams, mac and cheese, corn and corn bread mix. New this year, the City is also collecting new and gently used children's books. The drive kick-off will be held on Tuesday, November 13 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Evanston's newest book store, Booked, located at 506 Main St.

"Over the last 10 years, the Mayor's Holiday Food, Book and Toy Drive has brought holiday cheer to thousands of Evanston families in need," said Mayor Stephen Hagerty. "Please help make this season merry and bright for all residents by making a generous contribution and be sure to join me at the kick-off on November 13."

Items can be dropped off at locations throughout the city, including:

  • Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.
  • Main Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.
  • North Branch library, 2026 Central St.
  • Chicago Avenue/Main Street Branch library, 900 Chicago Ave., Suite 102
  • Robert Crown Community Center, 1701 Main St.
  • Chandler-Newberger Community Center, 1028 Central St.
  • Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd.
  • Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St.
  • Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, 1823 Church St.
  • Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave.
  • Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St.
  • Evanston Police Station, 1454 Elmwood Ave.
  • All five Evanston fire stations
  • J.E.H. Education Center, 1500 McDaniel Ave.
  • First Northern Credit Union, 1705 Sherman Ave.
  • Booked, 506 Main St.

For more locations and drop-off hours, visit or call/text 847-448-4311.

Tax-deductible financial donations can also be made online or by mail to purchase additional items. To submit your donation quickly and securely online, visit For mail-in donations, checks should be made payable to “Evanston Parks Foundation,” and mailed to Evanston Parks Foundation, 2100 Ridge Ave., Suite 1100, Evanston, IL 60201.

Community members can also support Mayor Hagerty's Holiday Food, Book and Toy Drive by purchasing holiday greeting cards featuring designs by Evanston students.

Community members are invited to join Mayor Hagerty in kicking off the book portion of the Holiday Food, Book and Toy Drive at children's book store, Booked, located at 506 Main St., on Tuesday, November 13, at 3:30 p.m. The event will include a children's story read by Mayor Hagerty.

On Wednesday, December 19, community members can also donate their time by volunteering during the holiday basket giveaway event. To register online, visit

Families who wish to receive holiday baskets through Mayor Hagerty's Holiday Food, Book and Toy Drive must register by calling 847-448-4311 between Monday, November 26 and Friday, December 14.

To learn more about Mayor Hagerty's Holiday Food, Book and Toy Drive, visit or contact Ken Cherry at 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.

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