C2C is teaming up with New Life Centers and the Chicago Furniture Bank to help Chicago’s unhoused community, including New Arrivals, transition into permanent housing with the dignity that they deserve on their path to self-sufficiency. Learn More

1 in 2 children in Chicago is at risk of experiencing Clothing Insecurity.

Let’s help them.

As winter begins, many Chicagoland families face yet another year struggling to keep up with inflation as they are met with high heating, housing, and food costs. All while making sure their kids are kept warm with appropriate winter coats, hats, and more. Your support for Gear Up for Winter can help fill the gap of families limited resources and ensure that kids can bundle up this winter.


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Get to Know Cradles to Crayons–Chicago

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.

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

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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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