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.
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