The Walter and Connie Payton Foundation
The Walter and Connie Payton Foundation The Walter and Connie Payton Foundation
Annual Holiday Giving : Walter & Connie Payton Foundation

Annual Holiday Giving

What is the Holiday Giving Program?
The Walter & Connie Payton Foundation's largest program is our Holiday Giving Program. This program helps provide holiday gifts for thousands of in need children and Veterans throughout the state of Illinois.
Contact Nancy Hewlett, WCPF Event Coordinator, at
to obtain any of the below forms:
- Holiday Gift Drive Information Packet
- Holiday Gift Drive Registration Form (to host a drive)
- Private Agency Holiday Gift Donation Form (to be a recipient of donations)
- Private Family Holiday Gift Donation Form (to be a recipient of donations)
- and for any other information/questions


Legacy of “Sweetness” is a friendly competition between schools to see which schools can collect the most donations. This drive will be hosted November 1, 2013 through December 1, 2013. All schools must begin and end the toy drive on the same dates to make this event fair. A form will be given to the person over-seeing the toy drive for each location to keep track of how many boxes are filled.
WCPF is committed to giving new gifts to as many in-need children and Veterans we can each December for the Holiday Season.  
The top 3 schools that collect the most donations will win an award!



This event was especially designed to benefit children to:

*Teach the importance of 'giving back'.

*Promote teamwork as they work together to accomplish a goal.

*Encourage children to reach out to their community to show support for the less fortunate.

2012 Legacy WINNERS:
HIGH SCHOOL category:
 1st: Saint Viator High School    2nd: Saint Patrick High School
K-8TH GRADE category:
1st: Springman Middle     2nd: Sandwich Middle    3rd: Maplebrook Elementary


Walter Payton always believed it was important to

give back.......And so do we!

"There are a lot of studies that show that one act of kindness to these children has a 40% chance of making that child have a completely different outcome in their life. What we hope, is that we can get a kid to believe in somethingand to believe in themselves. Children have always brought a tremendous amount of joy to me and I feel that if you can catch them at a young age you can really change a life." ~Walter Payton #34


"Gifts during the Holidays for abused and neglected children may not seem like a lot, but in terms of establishing self-worth, confidence, and a feeling of pride, I believe it may mean everything. I want them to feel good about themselves and to have self-esteem and self-respect and they deserve - just as much as the kid down the street. Can you imagine the impact this has on these kids?..... Can you imagine?" - Walter Payton


How Can YOU Get Involved?

*Donate new gifts by dropping them at a Community Drop Site.

*Host A Holiday Gift Drive at your place of work, school, place of worship, health club, home or any other location that you are involved with.

*Help with pick-ups and deliveries to our warehouse.

*Get your community, local school, library, etc. involved in collecting donations!


A Special Acknowledgement to:

~The Custom Companies, Inc has been a longtime supporter of WCPF. Custom Companies, Inc is a full service transportation company located in Northlake, IL. Each year Custom Co. generously donates semi-trucks to WCPF that enables us to deliver thousands of toys to DCFS locations. For more information about Custom Companies, Inc visit:


2012 WCPF Volunteer Awards

Volunteer of the Year Awards:

Volunteer of the Year: John Sara
Volunteer of the Year: Ron Sarver

Volunteer Business of the Year: Clarke (Mary Rob Clarke)

2011 WCPF Volunteer Awards

Volunteer of the Year Awards:

In the Spirit of Sweetness Award: Coach Dan Galante

Volunteer of the Year: Victor Vela

Volunteer Business of the Year: Dominick's

2010 WCPF Volunteer Awards

Volunteer of the Year Awards:

Marilyn Sara, Jeremy Jordan, Diane Olson

Friend of the Foundation Award: Brian Szymanski

In the Spirit of Sweetness Award: Cheryl Gerstung

2009 WCPF Volunteer Awards

Scott Sleezer and Bryan Feldman

Volunteer Business of the Year:

Keystrokes Transcription Service

2008 WCPF Volunteer Awards

Rudy Lopez - Leader Express Warehouse Manager

Tom Feddor - Annual Printers Row Toy Drive in Chicago

Volunteer Business of the Year: MVP Plumbing

In The Spirit Of "Sweetness" Award: Mr. Chris Wegner


"Helping A Child Is A Gift You Give Yourself"

~Walter Payton #34



Please contact WCPF if you would like to make a donation.