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Gear Up for Winter

Help Keep 54,000 Children Safe and Warm

Remember the glory of wintertime as a kid? Bundling up to build a snowman. Wishing for days off from school. Crunching snow mounds with your boots. For families in need, 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 warm winter gear to children whose families struggle just to stay warm. 

Ways to Give

Join us at Un-Gala

Our Gear Up for Winter 6th Annual Un-Gala provides two opportunities to celebrate keeping children safe and warm this holiday season. 

  • Saturday, November 13, join us in-person at The Giving Factory for a morning or afternoon shift.
  • Sunday, December 5, join us at-home for the online program.

Fund the Cause 

Harsh weather and below-freezing temperatures make vulnerable children more likely to get sick, miss school or are unable to safely play outside.

Support Gear Up for Winter to help us provide 54,000 Chicagoland kids with warm, winter essentials and more.


Season of Giving

Our Gear Up for Winter program offers festive days of service that add an element of giving to your company’s holiday traditions!

Join the fun by organizing a collection drive or planning a holiday volunteer visit to The Giving Factory. With your support, you will receive recognition as a Gear Up for Winter sponsor.

The Need for Warm Winter Essentials 

A heartwarming story about a single mom, Marie Payne, and her four children who share the impact that receiving warm winter clothes from Cradles to Crayons had on her family. 

“Aaron had been wearing a weathered woman’s coat and was in great need of clothing. Cradles to Crayons was able to provide him with a KidPack and brand new winter coat. He put on his coat, hat, and gloves and just could not stop smiling. It was so clear that the clothing was going to make a huge difference in his life.” 

- Cradles to Crayons Nonprofit Service Partner