C2C at Home

Donate Your Items & Volunteer with C2C at Home

The COVID-19 crisis continues to impose a devastating increase in demand for essential items that Cradles to Crayons provides. More than ever, we look to the community to help us meet these critical needs for the families we serve. This year, our goal is to provide more than 130,000 local kids with essential items. We typically would welcome 25,000 volunteers at The Giving Factory to make this work possible. As we are unable to gather in large groups, we encourage you to bring The Giving Factory experience home!

Below is a toolkit of activities you can do at home to help prepare your donations and allow Cradles to Crayons to continue safely meeting the needs of our community. Click on an activity below to download instructions. Then, bring your donations to one of our drop-off locations across the city and suburbs. Please note that we are operating a reduced number of drop-off locations during this time. Don’t forget to help spread the word by posting your efforts on social media with #c2cchicago!

How to Donate

Currently, we are only accepting contactless donations in our outdoor collection units: The Giving Factory, Buffalo Grove, Naperville, Highwood, and the South Side YMCA hub. 

Due to the constraints of our units, please donate items using nothing larger than garbage bags that have been securely tied shut or in small, printer paper-sized boxes that have been taped closed. Please do not leave donations outside of the units! Click any image below to download specific donation instructions, and here for directions to a drop-off location near you.

*For a list of alternative places to donate items that we do not accept, please click here.

We’re Here to Help!

Fill out the form below to connect with a C2C staff member and receive editable flyers and social media posts for your efforts.

[Chicago] At Home Activity Community Collection Form

We use this information to help ensure we are always collecting the right information based on age. We do not share this information with anyone.