Verizon Wireless Hope For The Holidays Toy And Book Drive To Benefit Children Of Domestic Violence Survivors In Chicagoland, Illinois

CHICAGO, IL — Verizon Wireless today announced the kickoff of its "Hope for the Holidays Toy and Book Drive." The drive will benefit Palatine, Ill. domestic violence shelter, WINGS, and provide gifts for children affected by domestic violence.

Donations of new toys and books can be made through Thursday, December 9 at any participating Verizon Wireless Communications Store in Chicagoland during regular business hours. For a complete listing of store locations please see below.

Along with new books, donated gifts may include items such as coloring books, crayons, board games, dolls, action figures, video games and video game systems, arts and crafts kits and G-rated DVDs. All donations should be packaged, but unwrapped.

"Children are often the forgotten victims of domestic violence," said T.J. Fox, president-Illinois/Wisconsin Region, Verizon Wireless. "Those living in and supported by the domestic violence shelters and service organizations need love and support. By making a small donation of a new toy or book, people can help make the holiday season special for a child impacted by domestic violence. We invite Chicagoland residents to join us in this important drive, and hope these donations put a smile on the face of every child who receives a gift."

"This is another example of a company that understands that combating domestic violence requires assistance from business partners and community leaders," said Rebecca Darr, executive director of WINGS.

WINGS provides integrated services, including shelter, education and guidance for homeless and abused women and children. They provide secure living environments, though transitional housing and emergency shelter, in residential neighborhoods that allow women to go to school, work and achieve financial independence.

Participating Locations

  • 1801 West Lake Street, Addison

  • 375 East Palatine Road, Arlington Heights

  • 740 North Route 59, Aurora

  • 350 Randall Road, Batavia

  • 336 West Army Trail Road, Bloomingdale

  • 2707 North Elston Avenue, Chicago

  • 6451 West Diversey Avenue, Chicago

  • 1652 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago

  • 810 West North Avenue, Chicago

  • 209 South La Salle Street, Chicago

  • 36 South State Street, Chicago

  • 500 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago

  • 1125 South Route 31, Crystal Lake

  • 1404 Butterfield Road, Downers Grove

  • 6310 Grand Avenue, Gurnee

  • 2201 South Wolf Road, Hillside

  • 2734 New Sutton Road, Hoffman Estates

  • 290 North Randall Road, Lake in the Hills

  • 668 South Rand Road, Lake Zurich

  • 3333 West Touhy Avenue, Lincolnwood

  • 9635 North Milwaukee Avenue, Niles

  • 5700 West Touhy Avenue, Niles

  • 4265 North Harlem Avenue, Norridge

  • 1852 Towne Center Drive, North Aurora

  • 235 Skokie Boulevard, Northbrook

  • 784 East Dundee Road, Palatine

  • 1249 East Higgins Road, Schaumburg

  • 5 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg

  • 596 Randall Road, South Elgin

  • 700 East Townline Road, Vernon Hills

  • 109 West Geneva Road, Wheaton

  • 1538 East Lake Cook Road, Wheeling

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