In 1998, a group of Lakeview neighbors came together to ensure that along with a delicious holiday meal, kids had presents to open on Christmas morning. When the Babiarz family lost their son, Vincent, in 2010 their neighbors rededicated their efforts and the Toy Drive in his memory.

The Vincent Babiarz Memorial Toy Drive, benefiting Nourishing Hope, honors all the qualities that Vincent embodied. He had a sixth sense for finding those in need and was always ready with a hug, a smile or a kind word.

Thank you for helping keep Vincent’s legacy alive through the annual Toy Drive.

Support the Toy Drive


Your gift will support logistic costs and supplement toy donations to ensure a wide selection of toys for all age groups. Help empower parents and make the holidays special for thousands of Chicago children!

Give Toys

There are several ways to donate toys to this year’s toy drive:

  1. Bring a toy to Murphy’s Bleachers on Friday, Dec. 3 from 7 p.m to 1 a.m. Then stay a while, have a drink, listen to music, and enjoy some pizza and dessert.
  2. Drop off or ship toys to Nourishing Hope’s new location at 1716 W Hubbard St. Toys are accepted Nov. 16 through Dec. 3, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  3. Drop off toys at a local partner:

Pick Up Toys

Nourishing Hope clients can pick up new, unwrapped toys at the dates and times listed below! While supplies last. Toys available for children for all ages. Click here to download the flyer

Sheridan Market (3945 N. Sheridan Rd.)

Personal shopping for toys available.

Mon. 12/13: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tues. 12/14: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Wed. 12/15: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Thurs. 12/16: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Fri. 12/17: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sat. 12/18: 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

La Casa Norte’s Fresh Market (3533 W. North Ave.)

Toy choice will be offered by age group at check-in.

Mon. 12/13 – Wed. 12/15: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Online Market

Toy choice will be offered by age group at check-in. Location is chosen at registration.

Thurs. 12/16 – Sat. 12/18: Time selected at registration