This website is dedicated to the memory of TFT Parade Member Ed May who created the first Parade website, with Jack Voss, in 1999.
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The 40th Annual Chicagoland
Toys For Tots Motorcycle Parade
Sunday, December 3, 2017
THAT'S "AMINAL", NOT ANIMAL
Jack Voss and Ed at The Woods in 2001
Aminal confers with current Board members
Roy "Thor" Glen and Ed "Aminal" W. in 2015
The first Parade president, Ed Wisniewski, with the current president, Lester Fortier.
Toys for Tots Founder Ed "Aminal" Wisniewski in the 2013 parade.
Ed Wisniewski in the first parade in 1978.
The organization also sets up toy boxes in local businesses to collect more toys. The boxes are set up when the season kicks off in September, but fundraising efforts continue throughout the year to defer the cost of the parade itself and to purchase more toys. Chicagoland Toys for Tots volunteers distribute these toys to individuals, group homes, shelters, hospitals and youth groups throughout the city. The toys collected at the annual parade are donated to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, making Chicagoland Toys for Tots its single largest contributor. We are otherwise unaffiliated with the Marine Corps. For more information on our relationship with the Marines, click here. If you'd like to reach the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots, please visit their website, www.toysfortots.org, or call 773-539-6464 ext. 311.
Click here for more information about how to join the Chicagoland Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade organization.
Click here for locations of toy donation boxes.
On December 13, 1978, Ed "Aminal" Wisniewski organized some friends to provide Christmas presents to underprivileged children in Chicago. The first parade had three participants, one motorcycle, and a van half-full of toys. By 2003, the parade had 40,000 motorcyclists. By 2012, there were 70,000 and the Chicagoland Toys for Tots Parade is now the largest motorcycle parade in the world, providing tens of thousands of children with brand-new presents for Christmas.