Give online to the Salvation Army Toy Drive!

Click the snow globe above to make a donation online! Or, text CARLE to 41444.

The reason we give

For 34 years, the Carle health system has partnered with WDWS/WHMS/WKIO radio station to bring holiday cheer to local children through Salvation Army of Champaign County's Toy Shop.

As you look at holiday opportunities this year, consider the reason you and your family choose to give. We all have reasons special to us, but whether giving of our time, money or talents, we all want to positively impact children in our community who might not otherwise have a gift to open.

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 Salvation Army of Champaign County 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.

Last year, we collected more than 2,000 toys and nearly $5,000 in monetary donations. Let’s see what our efforts can do this year!

DRIVE-THRU EVENTS / coat & Mitten drive

This year you have three opportunities to deliver your new, unwrapped toys and gifts, along with new and gently used winter gear for kids and adults.

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 7 - 11 a.m.
Carle at The Fields, Main Entrance / Main Lobby
Live broadcast of Penny for Your Thoughts from 9 - 11 a.m. with Brian Barnhart and Mike Haile

Thursday, Dec. 13, 4 - 6 p.m.
Carle Urbana on Windsor, Old Pharmacy Drive-thru
Live broadcast of WDWS’ NewsHour with Scott Beatty

Friday, Dec. 14, 7 - 9 a.m.
News-Gazette Media, 15 E. Main St., downtown Champaign
In-studio with Mike Haile and Dave Gentry

In addition to toys and gifts, we are again accepting coats, hats and mittens. 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
  • Carle
  • Health Alliance Medical Plans
  • News-Gazette Media
  • WHMS - Lite Rock 97.5
  • WDWS - NewsTalk 1400
  • WKIO - 107.9 FM