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Help Your Fellow Chicagoans This Holiday Season Through These Toy And Coat Drives

If you're looking to tap into your inner Santa, these events will help you do it.

Coat and toy drives are popping up across Chicago.
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BRONZEVILLE — Have a coat you no longer wear? In the mood to shower some deserving kids with new toys? You’re in luck! We’ve compiled a list of places where you can spread some holiday cheer and receive some in return.

I Am Chicago Basketball needs socks. The nonprofit is hosting a sock drive for the homeless through Wednesday. Bring your socks to the Overton Building, 4935 S. Indiana Ave., from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Then come back Thursday between noon and 5 p.m. for a free Thanksgiving dinner.

The Fifth Annual Justice For Ronald Johnson Toy Drive is already underway and accepting donations through their GoFundMe campaign. All proceeds will go toward gifts for kids attending Chicago Public Schools and the Center for New Horizons.

The Bracket Room’s Brunch of Giving runs now through Dec. 23. Drop off a new toy priced at $10 or more to the restaurant, 1315 S. Halsted St., and receive a brunch voucher valued at $29. The toys will go to children in the city’s homeless shelters.

The Chicago Teachers Union Foundation Coat and Toy Drive began Nov. 14, but they’re accepting donations through Dec. 15. People can drop off new or gently-used coats and toys at 1901 W. Carroll Ave., Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Urban Blades barbershop will host Friends of Urbane Holiday Appreciation & Toy Drive at the shop, 948 N. Orleans St. Dec. 4, from 7-11 p.m. Bring in a new, unwrapped toy and enjoy complimentary cocktails. Urban Blades is collecting toys on behalf of ChiGivesBack. Get your free tickets here.

The Blue & White Holiday Toy Drive, hosted by the Chicagoland chapters of Phi Beta Sigma, Inc., and Zeta Phi Beta, Inc., is happening at the Bracket Room Thursday, Dec. 5, from 5-9 p.m. New, unwrapped toys are welcome. Register for the event here.

ChiGivesBack is hosting its third annual toy drive Dec. 10, from 5-8 p.m. at the Godfrey Hotel, 127 W. Huron St. The toys will go to kids living in local homeless shelters and residents of the Chicago Housing Authority and the Maywood Housing Authority.

Is your church or organization hosting a drive this season? Let us know at newsroom@blockclubchi.org!