Carle Salvation Army Toy Drive: November 20-December 15


For 33 years, Carle has partnered with WDWS/WHMS/WKIO radio station to bring holiday cheer to local children through the Salvation Army's Toy Shop.

Again this year, our theme is "Connected Through Giving." 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. Together, we can make a bigger impact.


From November 20 - December 15, 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.

Last year, we collected nearly 2,600 toys and more than $4,600 in monetary donations. Let’s 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 13 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. This year's location is brand new:

Carle Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
2300 S. First Street, Champaign
Corner of Windsor & First; south end of UI Research Park

As always, Lite Rock 97.5's Mike in the Morning will be giving away fun prizes to our first generous donors.

COAT, HAT & MITTEN DRIVE - new this year!

In addition to toys and gifts, we are accepting coats, hats and mittens as part of our drive-thru collection on December 13. All gifts collected go to Champaign County children in need. While toys must be brand new, all donations of winter gear can be new or gently used.


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


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