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The WGN Morning News Drive-Thru Toy Drive celebrated its 13th year, the sixth benefitting Jennifer Hudson’s Julian D. King Gift Foundation.  The Toy Drive ran from 5-10am. The five-hour event on Monday, December 21st featured carolers, Santa, and holiday fun.  Jennifer Hudson joined the event live from New York and her sister Julia will join WGN Morning News live in-studio.  Viewers drove right up and dropped off a new, unwrapped toy.  The WGN-TV Studios are located at 2501 W. Bradley Place in Chicago (near Addison & Western).

Last year, viewers and companies donated over 25,000 toys.  Again this year, WGN-TV will hold multiple satellite toy drives prior to the December 21st toy drive.

Ana Belaval and WGN Morning News’ “Around Town” segment will showcase drop-off partners and their special offers for viewers who drop off new, unwrapped toys at the following locations prior to December 21st:

·         ACE Hardware­ – Now through December 18th, toy drive donors will receive a $5 off Ace in-store coupon to people who donate a new, unwrapped toy for the toy drive (donated toy must be valued at $5 or more; while supplies last; restrictions apply).  All Chicagoland Ace Hardware stores are participating in this toy drive.  That's over 100 locations!

Abt Electronics – located at 1200 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Glenview – now through December 18th, donors will receive a $20 Abt voucher with a donation of a new, unwrapped toy (donated toy must be valued at $20 or more; while supplies last; restrictions apply).

Other partners include:
·         Bob Rohrman Auto Group – Toy drop-off locations include Schaumburg Honda, Schaumburg Ford, Arlington Nissan, Oak Brook Toyota in Westmont, and Lexus of Arlington in Arlington Heights.
·         ADT Always Cares Program –;

All toys will be donated to Jennifer Hudson's Julian D. King Gift Foundation and will be dispersed to children at the Kroc Center Chicago, located at 1250 W 119th St. in Chicago, on Dec. 23 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.  (As in the past, in order to receive any toys, proof of low income must be provided, i.e., 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:

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2014 Toy Drive