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Please take donations to one of our local drop-off locations using bags that have been securely tied shut or in small boxes that have been taped closed.

1 in 2 children in Chicago is at risk of experiencing clothing insecurity.

Let’s help them.

At Cradles to Crayons, our entire organization is driven by a focused and all-important goal: to make life better for children in need. To make this happen, it takes a wide variety of individuals and groups to come together to make a difference in their local communities.      


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You can help us get everyday essentials into the hands of children facing clothing insecurity. Shop our Amazon Wish List and learn more about how you can help  provide our most-needed items.

Please check out our Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Highlights Report, to see what strides we made last year thanks to your continued support.

Become a Child Champion through our monthly giving program! Your contribution will fuel the heart of our organization and help launch a child to their full potential.

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1 in 2 Chicagoland Kids Need Essentials for School

Through Cradles to Crayons’ Ready for Learning initiative, students will receive the necessary essentials and promote a more equitable path to academic success. A donation of $33 funds clothing and basic supplies for a child’s first week of school.

Thanks to a generous donor, the first $40,000 in gifts will be matched—doubling your impact. 

We’re MOVING to North Center!

Cradles to Crayons is thrilled to announce that beginning this spring, we will be moving The Giving Factory to a brand-new Chicago location! After an amazing six years of service in Logan Square, we are ready to grow our mission in a new space and will continue to serve local children while we’re in transition.

Learn more about how you can help!

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We work with over 7,000 families, individuals, community groups and companies to serve over 30,000 children every year in Chicago. Your time is vital to getting children the everyday essentials they need.

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Our Stories

On a human level, what we do is bring a little sunshine into the life of a family or child in need. Learn firsthand about the difference we make on a day-to-day basis. From our service partners and volunteers and from the families themselves.

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Children in poverty are right around the corner. Help them however you can.

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The Difference We're Making


Service Partners

Our whole focus is to make our collaborative process as easy and streamlined as possible. This helps us to empower the children you serve at home, at school and at play by providing the everyday essentials that match their individual needs.

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Media Kit 

We empower media outlets to help tell the story of our work through the Cradles to Crayons lens and voice. Click the link below for more information. 

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