Plenty of Illinoisans are in need, in spite of improving employment.  At food banks across the state, the need has increased by an average of 40% 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.

Development Director Angela Valdez says they are looking for a variety of new, unwrapped toys in the $10 and up range.

Valdez comments

Donations at the various drop-off sites continues through Monday, and you can drop your donation at the Community Hope Center through December 17.  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 here:

1st Baptist 300 E. Lorena, Wood River, IL
1st Christian Church 760 Washington Ave. Alton, IL
1st Christian Church 160 E. Lorena, Wood River, IL
1st United Methodist Church 1100 Airport Rd., Godfrey, IL
Abundant Life Church 3966 Humbert Rd., Alton, IL
Affordable Dentistry 40 N. Center St., East Alton, IL
Axis Spinal Care 416 W. Bethalto, Bethalto, IL
Bank of Edwardsville 4415 Martin Luther King Dr., Alton, IL
Bethalto Public Library Prairie St., Bethalto, IL
Bethalto United Methodist 240 E. Sherman, Bethalto, IL
C.J. Scolosser 233 E. Center Dr., Alton, IL
Community Christian Church 2345 Union School Road, Alton
Concordia Lutheran Church 21 Circle Drive, Cottage Hills, IL
Cornerstone Church 196 S. Moreland Rd., Bethalto, IL
Early Explorations, Inc. 47 N. Research Dr., Edwardsville
Enjoy Church 3303 Homer M. Adams Pkwy, Alton, IL
Evangelical Elementary 1212 Homer Adams, Godfrey, IL
Focus Fitness 5146 Chain of Rocks Road, Edwardsville, IL
Heartland Baptist Church 4500 Humbert Rd., Alton, IL
Holiday Shores Baptist Church 6521 Moro Road, Edwardsville, IL
Kumar's Restaurant 53 E. Ferguson Ave., Wood River, IL
Leisure World 139 E. Bethalto, Bethalto, IL
Liberty Bank 333 W. Bethalto, Bethalto, IL
Millers First 111 E. 4th St., Alton, IL
Nautilus 4425 Industrial Dr., Alton, IL
Olive Oil Marketplace 108 W. 3rd St., Alton, IL
O'Reiley Auto Parts 1055 Harrison, Wood River, IL
Roxana Church of the Nazarene 500 N. Central, Roxana, IL
Senior Services Plus 2603 N. Rodgers, Alton, IL
Shell Credit Union 101 Lakin Blvd, Wood River, IL
Sottoriva Chiropractic 113 E. St. Louis Ave, East Alton, IL
SSM Physical Therapy 1 Professional Dr., Alton, IL
St. Johns UCC 7456 Lake Dr., Moro, IL
The Islands 125 W. Central, Bethalto, IL
Title Max 610 Lewis & Clark Blvd., East Alton, IL
Tom Lane Insurance 116 W. Bethalto, Bethalto, IL
Villa Rose 401 S. Moreland Rd., Bethalto, IL
Whitelaw Avenue Baptist 800 Whitelaw Ave., Wood River
Woodman Collision 4515 N. Alby Rd., Alton, IL
WR Clerk/WR Township 41 S. 9th St., East Alton, IL

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