Carle Salvation Army Toy Drive: November 21-December 16


For 32 years, Carle has partnered with WDWS/WHMS/WKIO radio station to bring holiday cheer to local children through the Salvation Army's Toy Shop.

But we haven't done it alone. 

Thousands of people in the community have stepped up to give of their toys, their time, their money and even their talents - and we want to celebrate that.

New this year, our theme is "Connected Through Giving." Together, we can collect more gifts. Together, we can provide for local children in need. And together, we can make a bigger impact.


From November 21 - December 16, help those in need by dropping off any new, unwrapped toys and gifts for children through age 12.

Salvation Army's goal again this year 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.

Last year, we collected nearly 2,600 toys and $3,900 in monetary donations. Let’s join together and see what our efforts can do this year!



Donors can also bring gifts or monetary donations to Carle's all-day drive-thru toy collection on Wednesday, December 14, at Carle - Champaign on Mattis, 1802 S. Mattis Avenue. The collection will run from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., with Lite Rock 97.5's Mike in the Morning giving away fun prizes to our first generous donors.


  • The Salvation Army of Champaign County
  • Carle Foundation Hospital
  • Carle Physician Group
  • WHMS - Lite Rock 97.5
  • WDWS - NewsTalk 1400
  • WKIO - 107.9 FM


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