Toys For Tommy returns for third year to honor St. Charles toddler

Benefiting children in the Tri-Cities area, the Toys For Tommy toy drive returns for the third year.

The family of beloved Tommy Stopka III is bringing back the #ToysforTommy drive in hopes of helping local children in memory of their son.

The idea for the drive was born shortly after Tommy's death, when the family donated several of his birthday presents to The Salvation Army-Tri-Cities Corps. Support has grown each year as close family and friends of the Stopka's, along with generosity from the local community, join them in making donations of new unwrapped toys and gift cards on Tommy's Dec. 3 birthday.

In previous years the community made a big impact by donating over 300 gifts, 20 bikes and over $300 in gift certificates for teens.

The bikes are all hand assembled by Tommy's father with love and transported in their local family business's truck to the Salvation Army in one big donation in honor of Tommy on his birthday.

The family is committed to doing good to keep Tommy's spirit alive and helping local children in the area.

Toys and gift card donations are due by Friday, Dec. 1.

Dropoff locations in St. Charles are at Trellis Farm & Garden, 2N492 Kirk Road., and The Salvation Army, 1710 S. Seventh Ave., St. Charles.

Donations can also be made on Amazon by searching Stopka under gift lists or "Toys For Tommy 2023 Stopka.".

The Stopka family thanks you for your generosity.

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