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Andersonville’s Care For Real Toy Drive To Serve About 800 Children


Photo Courtesy 48th Ward Office

As we think about preparing for Thanksgiving or as we begin to make that list and check it twice for gifts for family and friends, how about making a place at that virtual table for the children of our community by way of the Care for Real annual toy drive? Lyle Allen, executive director, says, “By the end of the year we anticipate that we will have served 75,000 people.”

The Care for Real basic boundaries include Foster to Devon, Western to Lake Shore Drive, but Lyle says that “There are a number of people who come from the Wilson to Foster corridor because there is so little available over there.” This toy drive has been in existence for more than 30 years. There are 48% boys and 52% girls who are served, with 35% of the children between the ages of 13 and 17. Last year 350 families and more than 800 children were served by the annual toy drive.

“We expect to serve about 800 children this year,” Lyle says. Beginning December 18, parents will have an opportunity to come to select items for their children. “Our challenge is always receiving the gifts for older kids and teens/tweens (most needed).  Everyone loves buying for the little ones but we struggle with the older age groups.


Photo Courtesy Care For Real

The items they’ve asked for this group include:

Gift cards and gift certificates (appreciated the most), games, sports items: basketballs, baseball caps and gloves, jewelry & accessories, watches, purses, electronics, video games, backpacks, movies/DVD’s, music, make-up, tickets or gift certificates to events (theater, sports, concerts), movie passes and warm clothing – coats, scarves, hats, gloves, and boots.

Toys should be unopened so parents may choose the most appropriate gift for their child.  Donations can also be dropped off at the Care for Real offices Monday – Friday 9:00am-3:45pm and Saturday 9:00am-12:45pm. All donations should be received by Wednesday, December 17 in preparation for distribution on Thursday, December 18.

So as you traverse Clark Street on these busy cold days, remember that you can drop off items for this drive, at George’s Ice Cream Shop at 5306 N. Clark or the Coffee Studio at 5628 N. Clark.


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