Plenty of Illinoisans are in need, in spite of improving employment.  At food banks across the state, the need has increased over the last few years.  If a family is having trouble buying food, chances are toys for the children may be a challenge as well, so the Community Hope Center in Cottage Hills is mounting a massive toy drive as we approach Christmas.

This year, they expect to provide toys for between 600 and 700 children.  Executive Director Lyn Cloninger says they are looking for a variety of new, unwrapped toys in the $10 and up range.

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You can also drop your donation at the Community Hope Center.  Although the need remains high, the numbers may be deceiving, since many more people who are embarrassed to ask for help are not seeking it.  If you need help or would like to help, call the Community Hope Center at 259-0959.  We have included a list of toy donation sites below:

Abundant Life Church 3986 Humbert Rd. Alton
Amazing You Salon EDW
Bank of Edwardsville MLK Dr, Alton
CJ Schlosser 233 E. Center Dr. Alton
Community Christian Church 2345 Union School Rd-Alton
First Christian Church 760 Washington Ave. Alton
Heartland Baptist Church 4500Humbert Rd. Alton
Laclede Credit Union 3401 East Broadway Alton
Millers First 111 E. 4th St. Alton
Nautilus 4425 Industrial Dr. Alton
Olive Oil Marketplace 108 W. 3rd St. Alton
Sharon Pratt Realty 2375 B Homer Adams Parkway Alton
SSM Physical Therapy 1 Professional Dr. Alton
Axis Spinal Care 416 W. Bethalto Bethalto
Bank of Edwardsville 102 E. Bethalto Blvd. Bethalto
Bethalto Public Library 321 South Prairie St. Bethalto
Bethalto UMC 240 E. Sherman St. Bethalto
GRP Mechanical 1 Mechanical Dr. Bethalto
Leisure World 139 E. Bethalto Bethalto
Our Lady Queen of Peace 132 Butcher St. Bethalto
The Islands 125 W. Central Bethalto
Villa Rose 401 S. Moreland Rd. Bethalto
Bible Baptist Church 11 W. McArthur Cottage Hills
Concordia Lutheran 21 Circle Dr. Cottage Hills
Affordable Dentistry 50 N. Center St. East Alton
Sottoriva Chiropractic 113 E. St. Louis Ave. East Alton
Wood River Clerk/WR Township 41 S. 9th St. East Alton
Early Exploration Edwardsville
Focus Fitness Edwardsville
Holiday Shores Baptist 6521 Moro Rd. Edwardsville
Lifebrook Church Edwardsville
1st Mid American Credit Union5301 Godfrey Rd. Godfrey
1st United Methodist Church1100 Airport Rd. Godfrey
Evangelical UCC (9 barrels) 1212 Homer Adams Pkwy. Godfrey
Woodman Collision 4515 N. Alby Rd. Godfrey
St. Johns UCC 7456 Lake Dr. Moro
1st Baptist Church 300 E. Lorena Wood River
1st Christian Church 160 E. Lorena Wood River
Kumar's Restaurant 53 E. Ferguson Ave. Wood River
Shell Credit Union 101 Lakin Blvd. Wood River
Whitelaw Avenue Baptist Church 800 Whitelaw Ave. Wood River
YTB 1901 E. Edwardsville Wood River

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