Chicago Boy Announces Toy Drive for Disaster Victims

Chicago fourth-grader Samuel Love celebrated his birthday Friday by announcing his second annual toy drive.

Last year, Love received national attention after he asked that, instead of receiving toys for Christmas, his family would host a toy drive to send gifts to victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Love managed to send over 800 toys New York children, which were distributed by the Salvation Army.

This year, his aspirations are even higher. The young boy is looking to collect up to 2,000 toys to be evenly distributed to victims of recent Oklahoma tornadoes and Colorado floods.

“I want to make kids smile through tough times,” Love said.

Donations in the form of toys or gift cards can be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Beasley Academic Center, 5255 S. State. St.,
  • Josephine’s Cooking, 436 E. 79th St.,
  • McDonald’s at 1657 W. 95th St.,
  • McDonald’s at 8313 S. Ashland Av.

Love plans to personally deliver the gifts in mid-December.

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