Due to COVID-19, the 21st annual Kevin Dowling Christmas is For Kids Toy Drive will not be held in-person.

However, kids are still in the hospital; kids programs still need to be funded; and nothing can provide a little Christmas cheer better than a gift at Christmas time.

This year, toy or monetary donations can be made by mail, online or at local businesses.

All donations support local organizations including OSF Little Company of Mary Hospital, Courage of Oak Lawn, La Rabida Hospital and the Ronald McDonald Child Life Program and Burn Center.

Donations can be dropped off at the following businesses during their hours of operation:

Marquette Bank, 3435 W. 111th St., 10350 S. Cicero Ave., in Oak Lawn, or 9533 W. 143rd St., in Orland Park; Swanson’s Deli, 2414 W. 103rd St.; Fat Tommy’s, 3031 W. 111th St.; Classmates Ltd., 3625 W. 95th St., in Evergreen Park; 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., in Merrionette Park; and Billy Boys, 6400 W. 95th St., in Chicago Ridge.

Monetary donations can also be mailed to the Kevin Dowling Scholarship Fund, PO Box 702, Oak Lawn IL 60454.

For more information, call Jim McKeever at (773) 972-6264, Kathy Kobiernicki at (312) 623-2949, Mary Fran Smith at (312) 206-5824 or visit https://www.kevindowlingscholarshipfund.com/events