Resumption of in-person donations on Friday, December 9 from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. in WGN-TV studios!

CHICAGO, November 17, 2022 – The WGN Morning News Driving toy collection will celebrate its 20th anniversarye year on Friday, December 9 from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. This year, the toy drive is live and in person. Viewers are invited to pick up and drop off a new, unboxed toy at WGN-TV Studios, located at 2501 W. Bradley Place in Chicago (near Addison & Western). The toy drive will feature Santa as well as WGN Morning News Paul Konrad, Pat Tomasulo, Dean Richards, Ana Belaval, Morgan Kolkmeyer and fun holiday activities including performances by the Selah St. Sabina Youth Choir of Chicago. Reporter Marcus Leshock will be at the Jewel-Osco store at 2940 N. Ashland Avenue in Lakeview. Toy donations will be accepted from December 8 to 11e at participating Jewel-Osco stores. This year’s toy drive will benefit Christmas in the neighborhoods and Off the street club.

The first five viewers to bring new, unboxed toys to WGN-TV Studios on December 9 at 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis may be eligible to win a pair of tickets to one of the following events: blue man group at the Briar Street Theatre, the Harlem Globetrotters at the Wintrust Arena on December 27 and at the Allstate Arena on December 28 and Immersive Nutcracker, a Winter Miracleat Lighthouse Artspace Chicago.

Monetary donations are also welcome! Going through WGN-TV Family Charities, a fund of the McCormick Foundation, all donations will be matched at 50 cents on the dollar. WGN-TV and the Foundation pay all campaign and administrative expenses, 100% of all donations, plus matching, are given to qualified nonprofit organizations. This year WGN Morning News Drive-Thru Toy Drive profits will be divided equally between Off the street club and Christmas in the neighborhoods in the form of a grant. WGN-TV will be accepting financial donations through December 31, 2022.

TO MAKE A FINANCIAL DONATIONViewers are encouraged to donate to:


  • 6509 W.Grand Ave. in Gurnee
  • 345 S. Rand Road. in Lake Zurich
  • 2940 N. Ashland Ave Chicago
  • 333 E. Euclid Ave. at Mount Prospect
  • 750 Army Trail Road. in Carol Stream
  • 1655 E.95e Street in Chicago
  • 17930 Wolf Road. in Orland Park
  • 4 E. Ogden Ave in Westmont
  • 1227 Naper Blvd. in Naperville
  • 20 S. Weber Road. in Romeoville

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WGN-TV Family Charities, a McCormick Foundation fund, focuses on creating opportunities for children and families to help them reach their potential. The charity hopes to raise awareness of various organizations and mobilize community support to help make a difference in the lives of families in the Chicago area.

Since 1996, Christmas in the neighborhoods served Chicago’s underserved and hard-to-reach communities, bringing the spirit of the season to hard-working families, students and deserving youth. Christmas in the Wards dedicates 100% of its resources to one purpose: to serve. Each year, this is accomplished by working with local aldermen and community leaders to select more than 700 deserving families from Chicago and Chicagoland neighborhoods who would otherwise go without essentials such as food and clothing, and special gifts. of Santa Claus. Additionally, Christmas in the Wards supports education in marginalized communities through its laptop giveaways, providing more than 200 laptops to middle and high school students who excel in the classroom. This holiday season, Christmas in the neighborhoods again hosts the Christmas Spectaculars, welcoming more than 40 neighborhoods and families from Chicago’s South, West, and North communities, as well as 10 Chicago Southland communities.

Off the street club is Chicago’s oldest boys and girls club, providing hope, play, and “casual joy” since 1900. The club currently serves more than 3,000 children in one of the nation’s most dangerous neighborhoods, West Garfield Park. Offering after-school activities, summer camps and “where kids can be kids” events, Off the Street Club’s motto is, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall in love with anyone. what.” Every child looking for a safe place to go is invited to join the Off the Street Club for games, games and mentorship; this is where “hope has a home”.

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