Gear Up for Winter

Presented by Bank of America

Remember the glory of wintertime as a kid? Bundling up to go sledding. Wishing for a snow-day off from school. Crunching fresh powder with your boots. For families experiencing poverty, a Chicago winter can be debilitating. No child should have to wait at the bus stop in below-freezing temperatures without warm clothing. Our Gear Up for Winter initiative supplies winter gear to children whose families struggle to afford these expensive items. See below for ways that you can make a difference this season, helping make winter a wonderful time of the year for all Chicagoland families.

Donate Product

Amazon Wish List

Send product directly to The Giving Factory by ordering from our Amazon Wish List full of our most-needed items.


Drop-off Locations

Drop off your new or gently used clothing to be processed at The Giving Factory and returned to the community.

Winter Wish Tags

Shop with a kid in mind—choose from one of our curated winter wish tags to help keep a Chicagoland child warm.

Donate Financially


Join us as we provide over 50,000 warm, water-proof winter coats to Chicagoland children experiencing poverty this winter. 

Coats for Kids

Hold a virtual coat drive—build a personal fundraising page to share with your family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues.

Winter Wish List

Help us purchase cold weather gear at bulk prices, allowing your dollars to make a greater impact than they would at the store. 

Donate Your Time


Volunteer at The Giving Factory, where both adults and children make a direct impact by assisting in our warehouse.

Season of Giving

Add an element of giving to your company’s holiday traditions and plan a volunteer event with C2C.

Social Media

Click on the accounts in our Linktree to follow us online and stay up to date with all things C2C. Don’t forget to tag us in your posts!

We see a lot of kids in sweatshirts during the winter. These are not as costly as coats, so they become the new coat. Having a coat to provide to our families for the winter is a blessing.” 

- Cradles to Crayons Nonprofit Service Partner