CHICAGO, December 20, 2013–The WGN Morning News Drive-Thru Toy Drive celebrated its 11th year; its fourth tied to Jennifer Hudson. This four-hour event featured Santa, Blue Man Group, holiday fun, and an appearance by Jennifer Hudson.  Viewers and companies drove through to drop off over 25,000 toys for needy kids. Photos and videos of today’s fun can be found at http://www.wgntv.com/toy

All toys will be donated to Jennifer Hudson’s Julian D. King Gift Foundation and will be dispersed to children at The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center located at 1250 West 119th Street, Chicago, IL 60643 at 10am, December 24th until all toys are given away. (As in the past, in order to receive any toys, proof of low income must be provided;  EX: medical card and your child must be present). Jennifer Hudson’s Julian D. King Gift Foundation is named in honor of the singer-actress’s nephew Julian King. The specific purpose of the Foundation is to help provide holiday toys to needy children in Chicago.  Any questions can be sent to: juliandkinggiftfoundation@yahoo.com

This year, WGN held three satellite toy drives prior to today’s event.  Viewers who dropped off new unwrapped toys to the following toy drop-off locations, received the following special offers:  Blue Man Group, the first nine people that dropped off toys at WGN-TV received a pair of tickets to upcoming BMG show and toys dropped at Briar Street garnered a 2 for $99 ticket offer;  Abt Electronics in Glenview, IL – donors received a $20 Abt voucher given with a donation of a new, unwrapped toy; The Hair Cuttery—donors received a coupon for a free shampoo, hair-cut and blow dry;  Other partners included Bob Rohrman, Lincoln College of Technology, and Robert Morris Universit.

WGN-TV is Chicago’s CW network affiliate, programming news, sports and entertainment.  Most programming airs in high definition on WGN 9.1.  WGN News programs more local news than any other Chicago TV station airing on WGN-TV as well as CLTV, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary.  WGN 9.2 is Chicago’s home of Tribune Broadcasting’s classic TV network Antenna TV and WGN 9.3 becomes the home of movie network This TV in November 2013.  WGN-TV also programs for WGN America on cable, telco and satellite throughout the U.S.  WGN-TV is a Tribune Broadcasting station.  For more information on Chicago’s Very Own WGN-TV, go to WGNtv.com

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