The reason we give

We all have personal reasons to give back, and different ways we can offer assistance to those in need. Whether giving of your time, money or talents, giving to this Toy Drive will positively impact children in the Champaign-Urbana community who might not otherwise have a gift to open – and that is a great reason to give.

Last year, we collected nearly 2,100 toys and more than $4,900 in monetary donations. We can’t wait to see what our efforts can do this year!

Online Giving!

This year we are proud to offer online giving and text-to-give options! Don't stress over getting the "perfect" gift or even making it out to the store. Simply click here or on the image above to start your donation online, or text CARLE to 41444. All funds will go to Toys for Tots to purchase gifts.


From November 19 - December 14, help those in need by dropping off any new, unwrapped toys and gifts for children through age 12.

Salvation Army's goal is to provide more gifts for kids ages 9 through 12, an age that often gets overlooked because they’re harder to shop for than small children. Check out the toy suggestions below for unique gift ideas for our older kids.



From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 is your chance to deliver your new, unwrapped toys and gifts for children up to age 12 at these locations. 

  • Administrative Center at Carle at The Fields, Curtis Road and I-57, Champaign
  • Carle Danville on Fairchild
  • WCIA-TV's back lot


For young kids For older kids (great need for ages 9-12!)
  • Riding toys for toddlers
  • Duplo box set
  • Shopping carts
  • Wagons
  • Train sets
  • Trucks - the larger, the better!
  • Small toy cars
  • Nerf sets
  • Educational toys, such as Leap Frog
  • Barbies (no fake Barbies please!)
  • Doll houses
  • Baby doll stroller
  • Kitchen set
  • Easy Bake Ovens
  • Play sleeping bags and tents
  • Illini hoodies, sweatshirts or sweatpants
  • Skateboards & kickboards/scooters
  • Illini-labeled or regular sports equipment
  • Large Lego sets or building blocks
  • Art sets
  • Video games or electronic hand-held games
  • Radios or CD players
  • Musical instruments - guitars, keyboards
  • Remote-control cars/trucks
  • Science kits - microscopes, telescopes
  • G or PG rated DVDs
  • Journal or diary
  • Headphones

What not to buy/give:

Classic board games, used stuffed animals or beanie babies, candy, stocking stuffers, "fake" or generic Barbies, play dough, glue crayons


  • Carle
  • Health Alliance Medical Plans
  • Toys for Tots
  • News-Gazette Media
  • WHMS - Lite Rock 97.5
  • WDWS - NewsTalk 1400
  • WKIO - 107.9 FM