Cradle to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive at home, at school and at play.
Share our Spare accept news and gently used items for children age 0-5.
One Warm Coat provide anyone in need with a warm coat, free of charge.
Free the Girls is an organization that works with services all around the world that rescue women and girls from sex trafficking, who can then start their own businesses selling donated bras. There are five drop-off locations in Chicago proper and four in the ‘burbs.
Stuffed Animals for Emergencies (SAFE) is a non-for-profit that collects stuffed animals for children in crisis. While there are no drop off locations in the Chicago area they will send you a list of organizations where you can mail your donation and help a child in need.
Upcycling colors collects leftover/used art, craft and school supplies. They recondition items for schools in need. There are 4 convenient drop off locations in Chicago.
WasteShed provides Chicago with an organized, affordable, and reliable resource for repurposed art, craft, and school materials,
Plastic Bag & Wrap
Think of all that single use plastic that comes into our homes like the plastic bread bag, the plastic shipping bag from Amazon, the plastic wrapped around the juice boxes you purchased. Did you know you can recycle all that plastic pretty easily! Drop off bins at both Target and Trader Joe's accept this kind of clean and dry plastic for recycling.