Help Someone Less Fortunate this Holiday – Area Angel Trees

Toys for Tots

There are many locations in the Springfield area to drop off donations. Last year Toys for Tots of Sangamon County distributed over 29,000 toys, stuffed animals, and sticking stuffers to over 14000 children. The need seems to rise every year, which is showing that times are always tough for some. Find out more on the Toys for Tots website.

Past 2017 Efforts

Toy Drive at Family Fun Fest Holiday Arts, Crafts & Vendors Show – Nov. 11 

Charity toy drive event to help children and families in the area. Over 40 vendors in one location. Kids activity corner to make holiday arts and crafts, jump on bounce house, or get face painted. Visits and pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus also be available 11am – 3pm. Food and snacks available. 10 am until 4 pm. Admission is 13 and up $3, 3 to 12 years is $2, 2 and under is free. Also all veterans (with military ID) are free.

Used T-Shirt Drive to Help Dogs – Nov. 5-17  Drawers overflowing with old t-shirts? University of Illinois Springfield student organization Loud for Animals is collecting used t-shirts and will make them into new rope toys for the shelter dogs at Animal Protective League in Springfield.  Drop off location: University Hall, first floor. For more information, email 

Stuff-a-Truck – Nov. 16-19  Annual food drive – help feed over 600 families this holiday. At Hy-Vee on MacArthur Blvd, Springfield. Purchase food for individuals, couples and families.

Sparc’s Angel Tree – Nov. 27  At 232 Bruns Lane, Springfield. Mon. -Fri. 8:30-4:30. Find out more on Sparc’s website.

Gift of Reading Book Drive – Nov. 9 – Dec. 4  New Books are being collected for distribution to local service agencies. Over the past several years they have helped to distribute close to 5,000 books each year. Books may be dropped off at the Williamsville United Methodist Church Tuesdays & Thursdays between 8:30 and 11:30 am. 

Professional Clothing Drive – Nov. 13 – Dec. 8  Help UIS students look their best while being fully prepared for interviews, jobs, internships and other professional activities. Drop off clean gently-used or new professional clothing at the University of Illinois Springfield’s Diversity Center between 8:30-5:00 weekdays. In the Student Life Building (SLB), room 22.  For more information:

APL’s Tree of Lights – Dec. 9  Animal Protective League offers you a chance to honor a special person or pet in your life with a twinkling light on APL’s Tree of Lights. Each light is $5. Call 544-7387 to purchase a light. At the event on December 9, you can have cookies and punch at APL’s shelter and see your message and dedication scroll on a presentation in the shelter lobby. Then at 5:30 pm enjoy the tree lighting ceremony. At APL, 1001 Taintor Rd., Springfield.

Toys for (Tater) Tots Concert – Dec. 9  Join Tater Tots Rock at page261 for a fun morning of singing & dancing! Admission to this event is FREE with a new unwrapped toy that will be donated to Toys for Tots. Coffee and snacks available! After the sing along you can shop the Kids Holiday Spot at page261 where kids can find the perfect gift for their family for the holidays. Staff will help them make a card and wrap their gift too! Facebook event page. 10 am – 11 am at page261, 1340 S.State St. Carriage House, Springfield.

Sojourn Dove Tree at Rochester Public Library – Nov. 6 – Dec. 15, Take a dove from one of the Library’s Dove Trees and purchase an item on the back. Return purchased items (unwrapped or wrapped) to the Circulation Desk. If you wrap the item, please attach the Dove to the outside of the package. Donated items will be delivered to Sojourn Shelter and Services in Springfield.

Tree of Wishes – Nov. 20 – Dec. 17  At White Oaks Mall, 2501 Wabash Ave, Springfield. The Tree of Wishes is a collaborative effort of 15 local non-profit agencies that combine the Christmas wish lists of a diverse group of clients to one convienent location. To participate:
1. Choose a card with a client’s name and “wishes” on it.
2. Shop for gifts
3. Return unwrapped gifts to the display at the mall by 6:00 pm December 17th

New Berlin Pretzel Angel Tree See Facebook Page for details.

Keep Warm Illinois This holiday season, please join the Governor and the State of Illinois in helping ‘Keep Our Kids Warm and Safe.’ The Governor’s Keep Our Kids Warm and Safe campaign was started in 2003 as an annual statewide clothing and car seat drive. Donate new or gently used coats, gloves, mittens, hats, scarves and new car seats. As the items are collected, donations are taken to charities in communities around the state. These charities will then distribute the items to needy families in their area. Donation drop-off listings here.

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