(Festus, Crystal City) The annual local toy drive for Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital is coming up soon. Thomas and Heather Schilli of Crystal City organized the drive five years ago, as they have had both of their daughters spend time at the hospital for various incidents. Once again the Alpha Cares initiative will team up with the Schilli’s to help out this year. Heather Schilli says what started as a simple gathering to donate a few items has grown into an event.

The Schilli’s will be holding a toy drive at the Five and Under store at Gravois Bluffs on December 7th. The local drive for Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital will take place at the Festus-Crystal City Elks Lodge on December 14th from 5 pm until 10 pm.