Record Number of Toys Donated


Illinois Tollway employees and our customers gave St. Nick a run for his money this holiday season, swooping in to drop off a record number of toys, games, dolls and bikes at Tollway headquarters for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.

When the toys were tallied, the Tollway had collected 1,423 gifts that will be distributed to less fortunate children in the Chicago area to help put smiles on their faces on Christmas day. Last year, the Toys for Tots program collected about 1,300 toys.

“We’re pleased to help make the holidays brighter by collecting these toys, bikes and games so boys and girls can look forward to having gifts to open on Christmas morning,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director José Alvarez. “We also want to thank all of our customers who also donated gifts to bring some holiday cheer to the children who will receive these gifts.”

The Tollway supports the Toys for Tots program annually but has expanded participation in recent years by asking members of the public to also contribute toys to help brighten the holiday for children. 

Tollway customers and members of the public have embraced the chance to participate in the Toys for Tots campaign, dropping off their gifts when they visited the customer service center or just stopping by to donate presents.

This year, Tollway customers donated the final three gifts, providing a final touch of Christmas cheer that will linger long after the holiday season has passed.