Spirit of giving

Toy drive

Through Dec. 14

Hinsdale Central High School

5500 S. Grant St.

Hinsdale Central’s Habitat for Humanity club is partnering with the U.S. Marine Corps to collect new, unused toys that will be donated to Toys for Tots. Donations can be dropped off at the Grant Street Plaza or circle drive entrance.

Holiday Meal Program

Through Dec. 25


The Northern Illinois Food Bank’s 24th annual campaign to ensure all neighbors can enjoy a special holiday meal with loved ones is under way. This year, with the support of generous sponsors and volunteers, the food bank will provide 50,000 holiday meal boxes to neighbors facing hunger across 13 counties in suburban and rural northern Illinois. Each box serves a family of six to eight and is packed with traditional trimmings for a complete holiday meal. Every $1 donated can provide $8 worth of groceries for a neighbor in need. To donate, visit the website listed above.

Tree of Remembrance

Through Jan. 1

Lincoln and First streets, Hinsdale


Advent Health St. Thomas Hospice’s Tree of Remembrance will stand outside of BMO Harris Bank from Thanksgiving through the new year. Community members are invited to make a donation and have a loved one’s name listed on the boards beside the tree. Visit the website listed above for details.

Hinsdale Humane Society Gift Shop


Find the perfect gift for an animal-lover at the Hinsdale Humane Society Pet Rescue and Resource Center online gift shop and help raise money to care for homeless animals. T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, tote bags and stickers are available for the humans on the gift list. Purchases help the organization care for the animals at the shelter.

Sponsor a Homeless Animal


Animal sponsorships are a great way to support homeless animals and a great gift idea. For a minimum sponsorship of $50, recipients will help provide care for an animal of their choosing, receive a personalized gift sponsorship certificate with the pet’s photo and an optional listing on the society’s website, if desired. Sponsorships can be purchased online. Questions? Call (630) 323-5630 or send an email to [email protected].

150th anniversary blankets

Village Hall

19 E. Chicago Ave.


(630) 789-7000

A limited edition cozy blanket with a delightful design that incorporates the 150th anniversary logo, beautifully celebrating Hinsdale’s rich history and vibrant community spirit, makes a great holiday gift. They come with a water-resistant backing, perfect for a picnic at KLM Park or any favorite spot. Proceeds help support local projects that preserve Hinsdale’s beauty. Cost: $20.

Red Cross Blood Drive


As schedules fill up with travel and holiday celebrations with friends and family, the American Red Cross is urging people to set aside some time to make a lifesaving blood or platelet donation. Thanks to Prime Video and its new film, “Candy Cane Lane,” those who come to give by Dec. 31 will automatically be entered for a chance to win a $1,000 Amazon.com Gift Card and a 65-inch Omni QLED Series Amazon Fire TV. Those who donate by Dec. 17 will receive a $10 Amazon gift card by email, and donors from Dec. 18 to Jan. 5 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt. The closest drives are in Western Springs on Dec. 15, Oak Brook on Dec. 18 and La Grange on Dec. 27. Visit the website listed above or call (800) 733-2767 to make an appointment.

Secret Santa


The Rotary Club of La Grange and Pillars Community Health are once again asking for families for gift cards or monetary donations for their annual Secret Santa program, which serves children up to age 17 in need in Hinsdale and several neighboring communities. The most-needed items are Legos, board games, blankets, sports balls, children’s books, toys for ages 1-3, art supplies and batteries (AA, AAA, C and D). Gifts also can be purchased on Amazon through a link at the website listed above. A list of drop-off locations also is posted there.

Brookfield Zoo Adopt an Animal



(708) 688-8341

The Chicago Zoological Society’s Animal Adoption program is highlighting two species this holiday season: Kinda, the giraffe calf born Aug. 19 and the meerkat mob that arrived over the summer. Donations to the program are gifts that give twice — helping to provide expert care and feeding of an animal for one year as well as giving a thoughtful and unique present to a loved one. Other animals also are available. The basic package includes a photo, certificate, fact sheet and more. Price: $35 basic package, $165 for plush package (includes stuffed animal).