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Community toy drive set to begin Friday in Elgin

Updated: December 24, 2011 8:07AM

In Our Towns

Elgin: Community Toy Giveaway Set for Dec. 15

During the past 20-plus years the Elgin Community Holiday Toy Giveaway — a community-sponsored event — has collected and distributed more than 6,000 toys and gifts to 3,000 children from more than 1,000 families in Elgin and South Elgin. New toys or monetary donations to purchase toys are needed; a list of toys is available by calling the Crisis Center. Monetary donations can be sent to the Community Crisis Center at P.O. Box 1390, Elgin, IL 60121-1390; designate Toy Giveaway in memo field. New toys can be dropped off starting Friday at one of four locations: Grand Victoria Casino, Community Crisis Center, Elgin Township office, or Reruns, Too Thrift Shop. This year’s toy giveaway is Dec. 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Hemmens Cultural Center, Elgin. Volunteers also are needed for set up on Dec. 14 and the giveaway on Dec. 15. For more information or volunteering opportunities, call 847-742-4088, ext. 304.

Bartlett: Hanover Twp.
Drive under way

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 Ave. in Hanover Park or at any of the 20 drop-off locations in Streamwood, Elgin, Bartlett or Hanover Park. To view a complete list of locations, visit The toy drive program allows supporters to purchase toys for any gender and age group up to 15 years old. Sponsor-A-Family contributors select a family size and provide gifts for all children; adults are optional. Contributors are asked to spend a minimum of $35.00 per family member. For questions or to sponsor a family, contact the Hanover Township Astor Avenue Community Center at 630-837-0301.

Elgin: Kiwanis Club
offers youth grants

Through the generosity of the community, the Kiwanis Club of Elgin is able to offer grants to organizations or agencies with programs that benefit children in the greater Elgin area. Each year, proceeds from Kiwanis’ special events are earmarked to support the Kiwanis Benevolent Fund. The Benevolent Committee of the Kiwanis Club of Elgin/Noon Club is now seeking proposals for up to $5,000 for local projects benefiting children in the community. For more information, check the Kiwanis website at Application letters must be received by 5 p.m. Dec. 9 and may be sent via U.S. mail to Kiwanis Benevolent Committee, PO Box 5262, Elgin, IL 60120 or by email to: For information, visit

Elgin: Sherman’s cardiac surgery program honored

Sherman Health announced that its cardiac surgery program has received the highest quality rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. STS has recently developed a comprehensive rating system that allows for comparisons regarding the quality of cardiac surgery among hospitals across the country. Approximately 14 percent of hospitals receive the “three-star” rating, which denotes the highest category of quality. STS is a professional not-for-profit organization representing surgeons, researchers, and allied health professionals worldwide who are dedicated to ensuring the best possible heart, lung, esophageal and other surgical procedures for the chest. Founded in 1964, the mission of STS is to enhance the ability of cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the highest quality patient care through education, research, and advocacy. For more information, call 224-783-8427,

Elgin: ‘Good Neighbor’ business nominees sought

The deadline for nominations for state Rep. Keith Farnham’s Good Neighbor Business of the Year Award is Nov. 30. The award recognizes a business that partners with the local community to improve the region by being a good neighbor to loyal patrons, community groups and municipalities. Eligible businesses must be within the 43rd District.

Nomination forms may be picked up and returned to Farnham’s constituent service office, 164 Division St., Suite 505 in Elgin, faxed to 847-841-7140, or scanned and emailed to by Nov. 30.

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