Toys for Tots begins

The 2021 Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots in Carroll County program is now underway.

“Please help us make a difference in the lives of our Carroll County children this holiday season,” said Deb Peterson, a Carroll County Toys for Tots volunteer. “Your donation will stay in our county and help us reach our goal.”

Following is information for those interested in donating or interested in receiving gifts for their children.

To make a donation:

•Go online to

•Drop a toy at one of the Toys for Tots donation boxes located around the county. A collection box ill be located in the primary and middle schools.

•Send a check made out to Toys for Tots for Carroll County to: Deb Peterson, 7 East Geneva St., Mount Carroll, IL 61053.

To apply for toys:

•Text your information to 815-535-1073.

•Or apply online at

•Libraries and schools in the county will also have applications available.

Toy distribution will take place Thursday, Dec. 16, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Friday, Dec. 17, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Mount Carroll Church of God, 816 S. Clay St.