Gear Up for Winter

Help 37,000 kids stay safe and warm this winter.

Chicago winters are unpredictable. Without access to appropriate warm winter essentials, harsh weather, snow, and below-freezing temperatures make vulnerable children likely to get sick, miss school, or unable to safely play outside.

Since April 2020, Cradles to Crayons has been able to serve 120,000 Chicagoland children with emergency essentials like diapers and hygiene items, critical learning supplies, and appropriate clothes that fit.

This winter, we will serve 37,000 kids with essentials like coats, boots, clothing, hats, and gloves to keep kids safe and warm. Un-Gala® @ Home is a new way to support our Gear Up for Winter initiative.

What is Un-Gala @ Home?

During the best of times, Un-Gala fills The Giving Factory with our most dedicated supporters. It is an engaging hands-on volunteer shift and an opportunity to make a direct impact on the lives of thousands of local children in need.

This year, Un-Gala @ Home brings families together for a special broadcast event. Tickets include at-home engagement packs for the whole family—sort and pack children’s winter essentials while enjoying local treats, and a message on the impact of our organization. The event includes a celebrity guest appearance. Kids of all ages welcome.

Attending Un-Gala @ Home

Funding opportunities begin at $1,000 and sponsors will be recognized throughout our Gear Up for Winter initiative (October 2020– March 2021). 100% of your contribution will directly support Gear Up for Winter and help us serve 37,000 local kids with warm winter essentials. 

For more information about Un-Gala @ Home support opportunities, get tickets online here, or contact Kevin Mork at kmork@cradlestocrayons.org.

Can’t make it to Un-Gala @ Home?

Make a donation and help us make sure that 37,000 kids have warm coats and boots that fit this winter!

“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