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.
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.