CHICAGO — The WGN Morning News Drive-Thru Toy Drive celebrated its 14th year, the seventh year benefitting Jennifer & Julia Hudson’s Julian D. King Gift Foundation. Running from 5-10am, the five-hour event on Thursday, December 22, 2016 featured carolers, Santa, and other holiday fun-filled activities. Jennifer Hudson joined WGN Morning News live in-studio.
Last year, viewers and companies donated over 25,000 toys. 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 from late November through December 21st:
Abt Electronics – Donors received 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). Abt.com, located at 1200 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Glenview.
ACE Hardware –Toy drive donors received a new one sided key – cut at participating ACE Hardware stores for those who donate who donate a new, unwrapped toy for the toy drive (donated toy must be valued at $5 or more; while supplies last; restrictions apply). Approximately 92 Chicagoland Ace Hardware stores participated in this toy drive. Acecag.com
Other partners include:
- ADT Always Cares Program – ADT.com; http://www.adt.com/about-adt/always-cares
- Bob Rohrman Auto Group – http://www.rohrman.com/
- Blue Cross Blue Shield Illinois – www.bcbsil.com
- Suits 20/20- located at 7651 N. Caldwell Ave. Niles, IL 601714. https://www.facebook.com/Suits2020/
- 10Pin Bowling Lounge – located at 330 North State St. Chicago, IL 60654. http://10pinchicago.com/
All toys will be donated to Jennifer & Julia Hudson’s Julian D. King Gift Foundation and will be dispersed December 24 at St. Sabina Catholic Church located at 1210 W. 78th Place in Chicago. (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:JulianDKingGiftFoundation@yahoo.com.
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