PLEASE NOTE: This event has already occurred.
State Farm Center
The University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics has an annual holiday staff tradition to host a department-wide toy drive for children in the Champaign-Urbana area. With the COVID-19 pandemic limiting the traditional in-person social gatherings, the DIA has changed its plans to host a drive-up Toy Drive on Thursday, Dec. 17 from 12-6 PM CT, and would like to invite the community to join in the festivities.
Members of the community are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the State Farm Center East Circle drive (off Fourth St. between St. Mary’s Rd. and Kirby Ave.) and upon doing so will be able to pick out an Illini Goodie Bag as a thanks for their generosity. The DIA will also have a Santa Claus decorative exhibit for family holiday photos.
Toys will be donated to Champaign County Toys for Tots, the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Illinois.
To ensure safety, fans will be asked to drive through the State Farm Center circle drive for toy drop-off, wearing a mask. If they want to take part in the Santa Claus exhibit can enter the East Lobby for photos, one family at a time.