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.

Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. We supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities.      


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Ready for Learning

Help provide the essential items that Chicagoland students nee to thrive. Cradles to Crayons will provide 90,000 backpacks full of essential items for school success.

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Shop our Amazon Wish List to send our most needed items straight to The Giving Factory.

Get to Know Cradles to Crayons–Chicago

Please check out our Fiscal Year 2022 Impact Report, to see what strides we made last year thanks to your continued support.

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We work with families, individuals, community groups, and companies to process clothing donations at The Giving Factory. Your time is vital to getting children the everyday essentials they need to thrive.

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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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Fund the Cause

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

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Ways to Give

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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