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Updated: January 7, 2013 7:12AM

A number of area businesses and organizations are collecting for Toys for Tots and other groups that provide toys to children for Christmas. Here are drives that contacted The Courier-News:

Nancy’s Pizza and
Just Teasin’ Hair Salon

For the Holidays, Nancy’s Pizza of South Elgin and Just Teasin’ Hair Salon will be collecting new toys through Dec. 22 for children in need. Toys collected until Dec. 15 will be donated to the local Toys for Tots program.

Toys collected until Dec. 22 will be donated to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates for children hospitalized during the holidays. Alexian Brothers Health System is dedicated to being a local pediatric services resource.

For every toy that is donated, Nancy’s Pizza will be handing out a free gift certificate for a free medium Rustic pizza and Just Teasin’ Hair Salon will be handing out a coupon for $1 per toy off your next hair service.

Toy drop off can be done at either location. Nancy’s Pizza is located at 1277 W. Spring Street, South Elgin and Just Teasin’ Hair Salon is located at 1275 W. Spring Street, South Elgin. Call Carol at Nancy’s Pizza (847) 488-9555 or Sue at Just Teasin’ Hair Salon (224) 523-7207.

Hanover Township

The annual Hanover Township Toy Drive and Sponsor-A-Family programs are underway and help is needed. From now until Dec. 17, donations of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the Township offices at 250 S. Route 59 in Bartlett, the Township’s Astor Avenue Community Center at 7431 Astor Avenue in Hanover Park, the Hanover Township Community Relations Office at One American Way in Elgin or at any of the 20 drop off locations throughout Streamwood, Elgin, Bartlett or Hanover Park. To view a complete list of locations, please visit

The Toy Drive Program allows supporters to purchase toys for any gender and age group up to 15 years old.

For questions or to sponsor-a-family, please contact the Hanover Township Astor Avenue Community Center at 630-540-9085.

Bartlett Fire District

The Bartlett Fire District and Auto Truck Group is participating in the Toys for Tots program. Auto Truck group is donating 1,000 toy trucks toward the effort. Donations of unwrapped toys may be made by Dec. 14 at the following times and locations:

Auto Truck Group, 1420 Brewster Creek Blvd., Bartlett between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Bartlett Fire Station No. 1, 234 N. Oak Ave., Bartlett between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. seven days a week.

Bartlett Fire Station No. 2, 501 Struckman Blvd., Bartlett, between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. seven days a week.

Bartlett Fire Station No. 3, 1575 W. Bartlett Road, between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. seven days a week.

Walmart/Salvation Army

For one day only, The Salvation Army will partner with more than 70 Walmart stores across the region, including the store at 1100 S. Randall Road in Elgin, to host a “Fill the Truck” toy drive that will help provide new toys and coats to local children in need this Christmas. This event will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at Walmart.

The event is open to the general public who would like to donate new toys and coats to children who take part in Salvation Army programs year-round. As they enter the store, Walmart shoppers will receive a list of suggested gifts to help fill The Salvation Army’s truck or collection bin. Once the truck or bin is full, The Salvation Army will bring the donations to the Salvation Army Corps in Oakbrook Terrace and distribute the gifts to local children in need. Community members interested in volunteering for the event can contact The Salvation Army by: Leslie Scott at 773-205-3502, or

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