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GUFW Collection Drive and Volunteer Week

Help thousands of Chicagoland kids stay safe & warm this winter

Donate Goods

Without basics like boots and a warm winter coat that fits, kids can’t safely go outside to play. They don’t feel valued. Join us from Monday, October 25 through Saturday, October 30, and donate your children’s gently-used winter clothing items to our Gear Up for Winter Collection Drive!

Volunteer & Make an Impact 

Help us sort through our donations for quality to keep Chicagoland kids safe and warm this winter! Join us as a Gear Up for Winter volunteer—at The Giving Factory or by hosting a drive in your community. Email volunteerchicago@cradlestocrayons.org to get involved!


Ways To Give

Most-Needed Items

  • Winter Coats and Warm Clothing sizes newborn to adult medium
  • Winter Boots sizes infant/toddler 5 to adult 10
  • Winter Hats, Gloves, Scarves
  • Pajamas sizes 2T to adult medium

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Drop-Off Locations

Donate your new and gently used children’s items at one of our six drop-off locations across the city and suburbs in Logan Square, Buffalo Grove, Highwood, Naperville, South Side Chicago, and now—Downer’s Grove!

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Community Volunteer Days

Join volunteers of all ages as we come together to collect, sort, inspect and pack donations collected from your local community — in The Giving Factory® in Logan Square or donate goods by shopping online!

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Items We Accept

Please ensure that your gently-used donations are high-quality; not ripped, stained, broken, or missing pieces. Please review the standards below to ensure we can distribute your donation to a deserving child.

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Drop-Off Locations

October 25 – 30, 2021

Buffalo Grove: Bank of America

1300 North Arlington Heights Rd., Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

Deerfield: Sachs Recreation Center

455 Lake Cook Rd Deerfield, IL 60015
Mondays through Fridays 5 AM – 7:30 PM, Saturdays, and Sundays 7 AM- 12:30 PM

Downers Grove: Indian Boundary YMCA

711 59th Street Downers Grove, IL 60516

Evanston: Little Beans Café-Evanston

430 Asbury Avenue, Evanston, IL 60202
Mondays through Fridays 8:30 PM-6 PM, Saturdays and Sundays 8:30 AM – 3 PM.

Glenview: Kohl’s Children Museum

2100 Patriot Blvd, Glenview, IL 60026
Mondays closed, Tuesdays through Sundays 9:30 AM-5 PM

Highwood: Highwood Public Library

102 Highwood Ave. Highwood, IL 60040

Lincoln Park: Reebie Storage and Moving Co.

2325 N Clark St, #300, Chicago, IL 60614
Mondays through Sundays  8AM – 10PM

Lincoln Square: Timeless Toys

4749 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
Mondays through Saturdays 10AM–6PM and Sundays 10AM–4PM

Logan Square: The Giving Factory

4141 W. George St. Chicago, IL 60641

Logan Square: Tula Yoga Studio

2827 W Belden Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Mondays 8:00AM–9:00PM, Tuesdays through Thursdays 6AM-9PM, Fridays 8AM–8PM,
Saturdays 8:00AM–1:00PM, and Sundays 8:00AM–6:30PM

Logan Square: Windy City Fieldhouse

2367 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647
Mondays through Thursdays 9AM-10PM, Fridays 9AM to 9PM
Saturdays and Sundays from 9AM to 5PM

Naperville: Bank of America

1301 E. Ogden Ave. Naperville, IL 60563

Oak Forest: Acorn Public Library

15624 Central Ave, Oak Forest, IL 60452
Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM and Fridays and Saturdays 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Oak Lawn: Oak Lawn Park District Community Pavilion

9401 Oak Park Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Mondays through Fridays 6AM–9PM and Saturdays and Sundays 7AM–5PM

Oak Park: Oak Park Public Library

834 Lake St, Oak Park, IL 60301
Mondays through Thursday 9 AM-9 PM, Fridays 9 AM-6 PM, Saturdays 9 AM-5 PM, and Sundays 12 PM-5 PM 

Ravenswood: Mathnasium Ravenswood

1754 W Wilson Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
Mondays through Fridays 3-7PM, Fridays CLOSED, Saturdays 10AM-2PM, and Sundays from 12PM-3PM.

Ravenswood: Sulzer Regional Library

4455 N Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625 
Mondays through Thursdays 9 AM-8 PM, Fridays and Saturdays 9 AM-5 PM, Sundays 1 PM-5 PM

River North: East Bank Storage (front desk)

429 W Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60654
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 8:30AM–5:30PM, Wednesdays 8:30AM–7PM
Saturdays 8:30AM–4:30PM And Sundays 11AM–3PM

Roscoe Village: Kangaroo Kids

4161 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
Mondays 10AM–3PM, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 1–5:30PM, Thursdays and Fridays 12–5:30PM, Saturdays 11AM–5PM, and Sundays 1PM-5PM

Sheridan Park: Cloud and Bunny

1600 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613
Mondays CLOSED, Tuesdays 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, and Wednesdays through Sunday:12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

South Side Chicago: South Side YMCA 

6330 S. Stony Island Ave. Chicago, IL 60637

Wicker Park: The Kids’ Table

2337 West North Ave, Chicago, IL 60641

Sundays & Mondays: Not open
Tuesdays: 8:00am-7:00pm
Wednesdays: 9:30am-7:00pm
Thursdays: 8:00am-4:00pm
Fridays: 8:00am-12:00pm
Saturdays 8:30-12:30pm