Above / New, unwrapped toys will be collected through Dec. 16. (File Photo)

Members of the Naperville Park District Police invite the community to contribute new, unwrapped toys for the 2018 DuPage County Toys for Tots program, hosted by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Toys will be collected at various locations now through Sunday, Dec. 16, for distribution in time for the holidays.

“We look forward to brightening the holidays for children in need in our area, and thank everyone in advance for their support,” said Chief Carl Schnibben.

Toys for Tots collection sites in park district facilities

·         Park District Administration Building, located at 320 W. Jackson Ave. Hours of operations are:  8AM to 4PM Monday-Friday..

·         Central Maintenance Facility, located at 427 Martin Avenue. Hours of operations are:  7AM to 3PM Monday-Friday.

·         Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, located at 305 W. Jackson Ave. Hours of operation are: 8:30AM to 5PM Monday-Friday & 9AM to 4PM Saturday.

·         Fort Hill Activity Center, located at 20 Fort Hill Drive. Hours of operation are: 5AM to 10PM Monday-Friday, 6AM to 7PM  Saturday and 7AM to 6PM Sunday.

·         95th Street Center, located at 2244 W. 95th St. Hours of operation are: 8:30AM to 5PM Monday-Friday.

·         Knoch Knolls Nature Center, located at 320 Knoch Knolls Rd. Hours of operation through November are: 9AM to 4PM Monday-Friday, 10AM to 3PM Saturday, and Sunday 11AM  to 3PM Sunday. In December, hours are the same except that the Nature Center will be closed on Sundays.

·         Santa House, presented by Woody Buick GMC, located at the corner of Jackson Avenue and Webster Street on the Naperville Riverwalk. Toys may be dropped off at Santa House for Toys for Tots Nov. 30 through Dec. 16. Check www.napervilleparks.org/santahouse for event days and hours.

Toys for Tots accepts only new, unwrapped toys. No stuffed animals or toy weapons will be accepted.

‘Tis the season to find Toys for Tots locations throughout the city & the nation

Since 1947, the Marine Corps Reserve has been hosting Toys for Tots collections for the benefit of less fortunate youngsters, using the logo designed by Walt Disney all those years ago. Look for posters with the Toys for Tots logo to identify other official places that are accepting brand new unwrapped toys for the holidays.

Though some of the printed flyers say toys are collected until Dec. 23, the preferred deadline to donate in many announced businesses is before Christmas in order for the toys to be collected from drop-off locations and organized so parents can select toys for their youngsters.

For instance, the restaurant PDQ (People Dedicated to Quality) throughout Illinois is making a difference in the community by partnering with Toys for Tots now through Dec. 8.

In addition, Toys for Tots Collection boxes are located at local banks such as Busey Bank in Naperville Plaza and the three locations of Naperville Bank and Trust.