NORTHLAKE, Ill. – State Rep. Kathleen Willis (D-Addison) will open her office as a drop-off location for toy donations for the annual Toys for Tots charity parade.  Residents of the 77th District are welcomed to stop by the district office to donate toys that will be given to children in-need this holiday season through the charity event, which begins on November 7th through December 19th.

“I am excited to partner with Toys for Tots because I support their mission of working to ensure children know that, even if their family situation is unstable, there are people who care about them and are willing to give back to make sure they have a happy holiday,” said Willis.

The Chicago-land Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade is one of the largest motorcycle parades in the world.  It began in 1978 and continues through today, donating thousands of toys each year to children throughout the region.  People are urged to donate toys even if they are unable to participate in the parade.  Toys for Tots asks that only new toys be given and requests no stuffed animals.  Residents interested in making a donation are urged to call Representative Willis’ district office at 708-562-6970 or the Toys for Tots Organization at 773-866-TOYS.

“I urge all residents to help make a child’s holiday special by donating to this worthy cause,” said Willis.  “There are times when we all need a helping hand, and if we are able to aid somebody this holiday season I believe we should do so,”

Kathleen Willis is serving her first term in the Illinois General Assembly as State Representative of the 77th District, which includes O’Hare Airport and portions of Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, Stone Park, and Wood Dale.


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