Charitable Causes

Torch Run for Special Olympics
The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest year-round fundraising event benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. The annual intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects have two goals: to raise money and to gain awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Illinois. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® has raised nearly $28 million over 27 years while increasing awareness of Special Olympics Illinois athletes and their accomplishments.

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports for nearly 21,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 18,500 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family support. The first Special Olympics games were held at Soldier Field in July 1968; the program now is in more than 170 countries. 

On June 10, 2014, Oak Forest police officers ran a two-mile leg of the Torch Run, beginning at the White Castle located at 147th and Cicero, ending at 5400 W. 159th St.

To learn more about Oak Forest's efforts or to get involved, please contact Detective Bob Frias at 708-687-4050, ext. 1210. 

Toys for Tots Program
The U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program collects new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distributes those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.  The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.

In 2013, the Oak Forest Police Department filled a squad with toys and delivered them to the 2D Battalion 24th Marines from Foster Avenue in Chicago.  

In 2014, the department collected 1,743 toys. At an average of two toys per child, 871 kids will have a brighter Christmas. Thank you to everyone who made a donation to support this program. We look forward to 2015. 

To learn more about Oak Forest's efforts or to get involved, please contact Sergeant Scott Durano at 708-687-4050, ext. 1239.  

Torch Run

Toys for Tots