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Toys for Tots at U-Stor-It is a Success!

From the city of Streamwood, IL to Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood, for the past two months, U-Stor-It Self Storage has opened its stores across the Chicagoland area to become a drop center for the United States Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots Drive.

For those that do not know, Toys for Tots is a charity program established by the U.S Marine Corps Reserve that gathers new and unwrapped toys during the months of October, November, and December, and distributes them to less fortunate children in communities across the United States each year. With the help of local businesses, organizations, and schools the program is able to cover large swathes of the nation in an attempt to provide convenient locations for individuals to donate.

U-Stor-It Self Storage was very excited to once again participate in the fantastic program, and this year hundreds of children in the Chicagoland area will be able to experience the joys of Christmas thanks to the help of current and past residents, as well as other community members.

Toys collected for U-Stor-It Streamwood's Toys for Tots Drive
U-Stor-It of Streamwood collects board games and Nintendo toys for their Toys for Tots Drive

This year the U-Stor-It locations in Auburn Gresham, Beverly, Lisle, and Streamwood had incredible turnouts. Lego, Disney Princesses, and Super Mario Brothers were all incredible toys to see dropped off. A storewide favorite was definitely the Star Wars Command action figure set that was dropped off at U-Stor-It of Beverly, especially because of the its timeliness and The Force Awakens just about to be released.

What was most notable to see was the amount of toys collected at U-Stor-It of Lisle, throughout the Naperville, Downers Grove, and Woodridge areas. The store was able to fill their allotted Toys for Tots bin, which although impressive in itself, could not compare to the two equally sized stacks of toys sitting next to the bin. This was a site of immense generosity and something the store was incredibly excited to be a part of. Regrettably, U-Stor-It was not able to snap any photos of the toys before the United States Marine Corps Reserve team visited to pick up the donated items. They ask for any pictures that may have been taken on site.

U-Stor-It Self Storage sincerely thanks those that contributed to this year’s drive and look forward to seeing everyone next year for 2016’s Toys For Tots drive.

Happy Holidays!

Donate to Toys for Tots at U-Stor-It!

Toys for Tots is a charity program established by the U.S Marine Corps Reserve that collects new, unwrapped toys during the months of October, November, and December, and distributes them to less fortunate children in the community each year. Countless businesses, schools, and other organizations participate nationwide. We are proud to announce that U-Stor-It will be one of those businesses! This year hundreds of children in the Chicagoland area will be able to experience the joys of Christmas thanks to your help.

However, there are a few requirements to keep in mind when dropping off toys:

  • All toys must be unwrapped and clearly seen in order to be evaluated.
  • All DVDs, CDs, and Video Games must be sealed and in their original shrink-wrapped packaging.
  • No toy weapons (including squirt guns, play swords, etc), gift cards, or food (including candy) will be accepted.

Click here for more information on the Toys of Tots organization.

The following U-Stor-It locations are now accepting toys:

U-Stor-It Auburn Gresham

8737 S Ashland Ave

Chicago, IL 60620

Office Hours: M-F: 9:00am-6:00pm; Sat-Sun: 9:30am-5:00pm

Contact Information: 773-779-1090; 88thstreet@ustorit.com

 U-Stor-It Beverly

11118 S Rockwell St

Chicago, IL 60655

Office Hours: M-F: 9:00am-6:00pm; Sat-Sun: 9:30am-5:00pm

Contact Information: 773-779-8700; beverly@ustorit.com

U-Stor-It Carol Stream/ Wheaton

120 Tubeway Dr

Carol Stream, IL 60188

Office Hours: M-F: 9:00am-6:00pm; Sat-Sun: 9:30am-5:00pm

Contact Information: 630-462-7300; garyave@ustorit.com

U-Stor-It Streamwood

145 W Irving Park Rd

Streamwood, IL 60107

Office Hours: M-F: 9:00am-6:00pm; Sat-Sun: 9:30am-5:00pm

Contact Information: 630-372-4636; streamwood@ustorit.com

U-Stor-It Lisle

2100 Ogden Ave

Lisle, IL 60532

Office Hours: M-F: 9:00am-6:00pm; Sat-Sun: 9:30am-5:00pm

Contact Information: 630-527-4100; lisle@ustorit.com

If you do not have time to run to the store to get a new toy, you can always submit a cash donation to the Toys for Tots Charity here.

You have until December 6th to bring in those toys! We at U-Stor-It are extremely excited to be participating in such a wonderful charity event. Help us spread the holiday cheer to all of the children in need of a Christmas present this year. Make sure to like our Facebook page for important updates regarding Toys for Tots and other events!