As the holiday season creeps closer, the Oak Forest Police Department is gearing up to help out children in need with its Toys for Tots program.
The program, which kicked off Oct. 9 in Oak Forest and will run until Dec. 15, is designed to bring a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters, inspiring them that to become responsible, productive, patriotic citizens, according to the program's website.
During the months of October, November and through Dec. 15, a toy collection bin will be set up at the Oak Forest City Hall, 15440 S. Central Ave., where unwrapped toys can be placed for distribution.
The program will not distribute toys that look like realistic weapons and food items.
For more information about the program, contact Sgt. Scott Durano at the Oak Forest Police Station, (708) 687-4050, x1239.