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The Lombard Fire Department’s annual Toy Drive kicks off Monday, Nov. 28 and will end with a Toy Parade from St. Charles to Wilson Ave. on Saturday, Dec. 10.
Residents are encouraged to bring toys and items to Lombard Fire Stations and Village Hall for donation. Firefighters will collect toys from residents along Main St. on Dec. 10, and will bring them to Yorktown Shopping Center for a gift collecting event featuring a live broadcast with Dick Biondi and 94.7 WLS-FM.
Beginning November 28, toy drive collection bins will be available in five locations, including the Lombard Village Hall (255 E. Wilson), Fire Station 1 (50 E. St. Charles Road), Fire Station 2 (2020 S. Highland Avenue), Yorktown Shopping Center (203 Yorktown Center) and Schroeder’s Ace Hardware (837 Westmore/Meyers Road). District 44 students also collect toys. Items requested include new toys (unwrapped) as well as baby supplies such as formula and diapers. Items collected will benefit the Teen Parent Connection, First Things First and the Lombard/Villa Park Food Pantry.
“We’re so happy that this event continues to grow each year. What better way to give back to the community that we call home? Some of us are from Lombard and some of us might live in other towns, but every one of these firefighters calls Lombard home,” said Lombard Firefighter and Paramedic Ben Speck. “We love this village and this is a great chance for residents to spread some holiday joy to local kids and families in need.”
The Toy Parade will be held on Dec. 10, for the final collection of items. Fire vehicles and firefighters will begin the parade at 10:30 a.m., at Main St. and St. Charles Rd., and will proceed to Glenbard East High School. Firefighters and volunteers will collect toys along the parade route on the west side of the street only as far as Glenbard East High School. Firefighters will bring items to Yorktown Center, where the toys will be unloaded. The event will continue with a live broadcast from 94.7 WLS-FM and Dick Biondi, and family fun including games, raffles, and more.
"As members of the community, our team seeks ways to lift our neighbors in need, and are grateful for the opportunity to partner with Lombard Fire Fighters for this meaningful event," said Erin Falbo, Marketing Manager for Yorktown Center. "We invite the community to give as they can throughout the Toy Drive and then join us on December 10th for a day of family fun and holiday entertainment."
Cash donations are also being accepted and may be dropped off at either Fire Station. For more information please contact Firefighter Joshua Hays at (630) 620-5734 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Assistant Chief Jerry Howell at (630)620-5761.