As you’re contemplating your own holiday giving, consider the network of organizations that serve our community and could use your support. These groups help our neighbors put food on the table, settle in new homes and stay warm during the winter. If you can lend a helping hand, please review the list of donation opportunities for nonprofit and social service organizations in District 7 below.

To ensure your donation makes the biggest possible impact, I encourage you to explore how these organizations have changed operations during the pandemic. For example, some organizations are asking for e-gift cards or directing donors to an Amazon Wishlist this year to help protect donors, volunteers and the community.

If there is a local organization you feel should be added to this list, please visit http://senatorsteans.com/contact-us or call my office at 773-769-1717 with their information.

A Just Harvest

“Our new Wishlist of items needed this winter is listed below. We appreciate if you would drop off items at 7649 N. Paulina, Chicago IL 60626 with Attn to: David Crawford. Drop-off hours are 7 days a week from 10am-3pm. Thank you again for including us this holiday season.” -David, A Just Harvest

Gifts needs: pasta, diced tomatoes, canned vegetables, chicken/beef broth, canned meat- tuna, beef and chicken, mac n’ cheese, canned soup, baked beans, rice, dry beans, grits, cold cereal, instant oatmeal, instant mashed potatoes, Jewel gift cards.

Drop-off times: 7 days a week- 10am-3pm

 

7649 N. Paulina St.

Chicago, IL 60626

Contact: David Crawford

(773) 262-2297

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www.ajustharvest.org

 

Alternatives Inc.

“Thank you for thinking of us at this time. Currently, we are accepting gift cards, which we would like to be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Below, you will find a list of gifts that we are looking to receive. If you have any questions, please contact Monica George.” -Alternatives, Inc

 

Gifts needed: headsets (w microphone ability), Divvy bike memberships, Ventra Transit Cards, hotspots, phones, iPads, Chromebooks, cases

Gift cards: Target, Walgreens, CVS or large chains. Preferably $10-$20 denominations.

Drop-off times: Monday- Thursday 9am-5pm and Friday 9am-1pm

 

4730 N Sheridan Rd.

Chicago, IL 60640

Contact: Monica George

(703) 506-7474

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http://www.alternativesyouth.org/

 

Between Friends Chicago

“Receiving gift cards via email will be best, because we can always email them to families. The best email to use is mine as I coordinate the distribution of gift cards every year, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Our families shop at Walmart, Target, CVS, and Walgreens. Having visa cards is also handy, because they can choose to go to any store and by any gift they wish for their children. Please let us know if you have any questions. I am also happy to pick up gift cards from you and mail them to families if that is more convenient.” -Between Friends Chicago

 

PO Box 608548

Chicago, IL 60660

Contact: Nancy Toncy

(773) 274-5232 ext. 111

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www.betweenfriendschicago.org

 

 

Care For Real

We have decided to collect $20 Target gift cards for each child and also are offering folks to be able to purchase a board or picture book for our young children at Play Andersonville, if they want to provide something purchased locally. Please see the link below that outlines the specifics of our drive. The point person will be me, Kate Polgar, development manager. My email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and phone is 773-769-6182 extension 116. We want to thank you for thinking of us this holiday season.” -the Team at Care For Real

Details on the Gift Drive: https://careforreal.org/giftdrive/

 

5339 N. Sheridan Rd.

Chicago, IL 60640

Contact: Kate Polgar, Development Manager

(773) 769-6182 ext.116

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(773) 769-6182

www.careforreal.org

 

 

Centro Romero

Please call for donation details.

 

6216 N. Clark St.

Chicago, IL 60660

(773) 508-5300

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www.centroromero.org

 

City of Evanston Holiday Food and Toy Drive

Please bring new unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items to the lobby of one of our drop- off sites between Nov. 3 and Dec. 13. Please be sure to check the expiration date of all food donations. We are also collecting donations for staple food items for holiday meals. If you prefer to make a donation, please send a contribution made payable to “City of Evanston Holiday Giving” to the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, 2100 Ridge Ave., Evanston, IL 60201. Drop off sites are located at:

  • Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave., Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., Sunday, Noon-6 p.m.; Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • North Branch Library, 2026 Central St., Monday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Tuesday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Chicago Ave./Main Street Branch Library, 900 Chicago Ave., Suite 102, Monday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St., Monday, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
  • Chandler-Newberger Center, 1028 Central St., Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster St., Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave., Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, 1823 Church St., Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Evanston Police Station, 1454 Elmwood Ave., accepting donations 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Gift needs: Toys, non-perishable food items, stuffing, green beans, yams, macaroni and cheese, corn and corn bread mix

 

2100 Ridge Ave.

Evanston, IL 60201

Contact: Melissa Parker

(847) 448-8255

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www.cityofevanston.org

 

Community Counseling Centers of Chicago, Children’s Services

Please call for donation details.

 

2542 W. North Ave.

Chicago, IL 60647

(773) 365-7277

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www.c4chicago.org

 

Cornerstone Outreach Pantry

Please call for donation details.

 

4628 N. Clifton Ave.

Chicago, IL 60640

Contact: Darrell Thiessen

(773) 506-6396

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www.ccolife.org

 

 

Envision Unlimited- Kruger Center

Please call for donation details.

 

Gifts needed: running shoes for men and women- all sizes, socks-all sizes, twin sheets, towels, blankets, toiletries

Gift cards: Jewel, Walmart and Walgreens

 

4919 N. Clark St.

Chicago, IL 60602

Contact: Marcos Herrera

(773) 433-1415

www.envisionunlimited.org

 

Ethiopian Community Association

Please call for donation details.

 

Gifts needed: winter jackets, winter hats, gloves, scarves, socks, soaps, shampoo, lotion, deodorant, diapers, backpacks

 

5800 N. Lincoln Ave.

Chicago, IL 60626

Contact : Michael Krepps

(773) 508-0303

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Ezra- Multi Service Center

Please call for donation details.

 

Pantry donations: bread, canned goods, canned chicken, canned salmon, tuna, canned soups(vegetarian), snacks, popcorn, crackers, nuts and seeds, canned ravioli, can openers, baby food, baby formula, coffee, tea

Hygiene donations: soap, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, facial soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand soap, hand sanitizer, dish soap, cleaning supplies, adult diapers, body wipes, baby diapers and wipes

 

909 W. Wilson Ave

Chicago, IL 60640

(773) 275-0866

Contact: Allison Lewis

(773) 467-3851

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www.juf.org/ezra

 

Heartland Alliance Health (HAH)

“We are thankful to be included, in this year’s annual holiday collection of goods for our low-income men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS. We are happy to announce that we have been adopted by the Lesbian Sheet Metal Workers and their Union. Your donations will help so many, we look forward to this holiday season.” – the Team at Heartland Alliance

 

Items needed: canned soups and stews, tuna, chili, peanut butter, jelly, hot and cold cereal, cleaning supplies, paper towels, toilet paper, Kleenex, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, deodorant, dish soap

Drop-off/shipping address: 5543 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60640

Drop-off times: Tuesday- 12pm-6pm  Thursday- 12pm-7pm

 

5543 N. Broadway St.

Chicago, IL 60640

Lori Cannon/Founder

(773) 271-5116

(773) 271-5110

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www.heartlandalliance.org/vital

 

H.O.M.E. Housing Opportunities & Maintenance for the Elderly

Please contact Nikki Moustafa for drop-off details or e-gift card instructions.

Gift cards: Amazon, Target and Walmart

 

Nathalie Salmon house

7320 N. Sheridan Rd.

Chicago, IL 60626

(773) 303-6227

Contact: Nikki Moustafa- Housing Director     

(773) 341-6910

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Housing Opportunities for Women (HOW)

“We are accepting gift cards and toys this year. W are accepting both physical gifts cards and e-gift cards can be sent to my email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Our website www.how-inc.org will have all up-to-date information on the drive. Thank you for partnering with us this year.” -HOW

 

Gift cards: Walmart, Target, Walgreens, Jewel, Amazon

Amazon Wishlist: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1SLP06JTFIW9G?ref_=wl_share

Drop-off hours: Wednesdays from 9am-12pm at our office 1607 W. Howard St.

Mail-in items- Shipping address: 5442 N. Paulina St., Chicago, IL 60640

 

1607 W. Howard St.

Chicago, IL 60626

(773) 465-5770

Contact: Noelle Moore

(773) 465-5770 x269

(831) 905-5340

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www.how-inc.org

 

Howard Area Community Center

“Firstly, I would like to thank you for thinking of Howard Area Community Center for your holiday gift giving.  We greatly appreciate your support!  This year due to COVID-19 we are changing the structure of our Winter Gifts Program. This year we will not be accepting any in-kind donations dropped off at our location.  Instead we have setup a donation page where donors can donate to purchasing gift cards for our participants.” -HACC

 

Donation link: https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/gfJ1TiPgw_Bg1Mfezs6UTQ

 

7648 N. Paulina St.

Chicago, IL 60660

Contact: Emma Pressel

(773) 262-6622 ext.106

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Inspiration Corporation

“For those who would like to donate, please visit our Amazon Wishlist here http://bit.ly/InspirationCorpWishList. We are not encouraging too many drop offs, but we will handle them on a case by case basis. For questions, please reach out to Hallie Witmer. We could use Ventra Passes, gloves, snacks and toiletries.” -Inspiration

Gift needs: Ventra Passes, gloves, snacks, toiletries

Amazon Wishlist: http://bit.ly/InspirationCorpWishList

 

4554 N. Broadway

Chicago, IL 60640

Contact: Hallie Witmer

(773) 878-0981 ext.231

http://bit.ly/InspirationCorpWishList

www.inspirationcorp.org

 

Neon Youth Programs at Heartland Human Care Services

“At this time our staff are working remotely, therefore our offices are closed and we are unable to accept dropped off donations. At this time any items purchased for the program can be sent to 1404 Hinman Ave., 2W, Evanston, IL 60201. We would prefer e-gift cards since we can forward them quickly and directly to participants.”

Gift cards: Jewel, Aldi, Marshalls, TJMaxx, Target

Donations needed: warm-winter adult clothing, underwear, socks, gloves, coats, backpacks, insulated boots, personal hygiene products- deodorant, towels, washcloths, hand towels. Items for when a youth moves into a new apartment-bed linens, pillows, blankets, cleaning supplies, kitchen items, cooking utensils

Shipping address: 1404 Hinman Ave., 2W, Evanston, IL 60201

 

4411 N. Ravenswood Ave.

Chicago, IL 60640

(773) 336-6740

Contact: Corie Darling

(773) 336-6069

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The Night Ministry

“Thank you thinking of us. Below are links to our two Amazon wish lists. The first is a list of general supplies that are needed, including the winter gear and hand and toe warmers. The second list is specifically for the holiday gifts that we’ll be handing out to the children we serve at our Health Outreach Bus this December. We are also accepting physical gifts, please see the list and drop-off address below. And lastly, we are asking for physical gift cards over digital gift cards. You can also drop donations off at our main office at 1735 N. Ashland Ave, Suite 2000. This address can also be used as the shipping address when you are purchasing items from the Amazon Wishlist. Our office isn’t fully staffed due to the pandemic, so we’re asking donors to schedule a drop-off ahead of time to make sure someone is available to accept the donation. The deadline for dropping off gifts and gift cards is Friday, December 11th.” – The Night Ministry Team

Gifts needed: Hand/toe warmers, gloves, winter gear, physical gift cards to Subway, McDonalds, Burger King, Walgreens, CVS

Drop-off times: Need to call and schedule ahead of time. Deadline is Friday, Dec. 11th.

Amazon Wishlists:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3KKOLWHCIPJPV/ref=bnav_topnav_lists_1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/Q08FVX619WL4/ref=bnav_topnav_lists_2

 

Main Office: 1735 N. Ashland Ave., Suite 2000

Chicago, IL 60622

Contact: Miranda Dean

(773) 506-6022

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www.thenightministry.org

 

North Side Housing

Gift cards are ALWAYS welcome, please send all gift cards to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We would prefer gift cards from stores such as Target, Amazon, Walmart and local grocery stores as well. We also have an Amazon Wishlist link, please see below. Our shipping address/Drop-off address can also be found below. Receiving donations all at once with one drop off would be best for us, as our office is only open with limited hours currently. Drop-off times are Wednesday-Friday, 9am-4pm only. Thanks for your donations.“

-North Side Housing

 

Gifts needed: socks (men and women) hats, gloves, condoms, dish soap, blankets, bed linens, dishes, pots and pans, laundry basket, household supplies, face and bath towel.

Drop-off times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9am-4pm

Amazon Wishlist:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1DQJY0T0DQF9Gref%5F=cm%5Fsw%5Fr%5Fcp%5Fep%5Fws%5FwPdOAb3ERSVCT&pldnSite=1 .

 

4410 N Ravenswood Ave., Suite 101

Chicago, IL 60640

Contact: Laura Michalski

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www.northsidehousing.org

 

Our Lady of Lourdes

“We serve around 100 people every Wednesday from 5:30pm until 6:30pm. Our ministry has been serving the Uptown, Lakeview, Ravenswood & Edgewater Community since 1981. Please see our lists below that outline what items are needed this winter for our organization to serve people in need. We thank you for any donations you are able to make.” – Bill Thome at Our Lady of Lourdes Soup Kitchen

Gifts needed: travel sized toiletries (shampoo, soap, deodorant), hand warmers, thermal long underwear unisex- sizes Medium to XXLarge. Approximately 15 medium, 20 large, 30 x-large, 35 XXLarge.

Gift cards: $20 to Jewel or Target

Drop-off hours: Monday- Wednesday & Friday- 9am-12:30pm, 1pm-5pm Closed: Thursdays and weekends.

 

4640 N. Ashland Ave.

Chicago, IL 60640

Office: (773) 561-2141

Contact: Bill Thome- Soup Kitchen Coordinator

C: (312) 783-3930

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Sarah’s Circle

“We are not currently accepting donation drop-offs dur to COVID-19. We have set up a registry for this reason, so people can shop online, please send to 4838 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago IL 60640. Here is the link to our winter item registry: https://www.myregistry.com/wishlist/sarah-s-circle-chicago-il/2554431/giftlist . We are asking that you send physical gifts from our link, instead of sending gift cards. Thank you for thinking of us during the holidays.” -Sarah’s Circle Team

Gift registry: https://www.myregistry.com/wishlist/sarah-s-circle-chicago-il/2554431/giftlist

 

4838 N Sheridan Rd.

Chicago, IL 60640

Contact: Dakota Chisholm

(773) 751-7454

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www.sarahs-circle.org

 

St. Ignatius Church

Please call for donation details.

 

6559 N. Glenwood Ave.

Chicago, IL 60626

Contact: Kathy Morris

(773) 764-5936

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www.stignatiuschurch.org

 

St. Thomas of Canterbury

Please call for donation details.

 

4827 N. Kenmore Ave.

Chicago, IL 60640

Contact: Br. Ayub Mwenda

(773) 878-5507

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www.stcuptown.com

 

Thresholds

Please call for donation details.

 

4101 N. Ravenswood Ave.

Chicago, IL 60625

(773) 508-6100

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www.thresholds.org

 

Trilogy, Inc.

“We are asking this year for gift cards, CTA passes and physical gifts. Below, is our address, hours and details for donation drop-offs. Thank you very much!” – Trilogy

 

Gift cards: Jewel, Walgreens, CVS, Target

Gift needed: adult coats, hats, gloves, scarves, CTA passes

Donation times: Monday- Friday 8am-4:30pm @ 1400 W Greenleaf Ave. A receptionist will take the delivery upon receipt and pass it along to the appropriate staff.

 

1400 W. Greenleaf Ave.

Chicago, IL 60626

Contact : Cheryl Hahn- Development Coordinator

(773) 564-4734

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www.trilogyinc.org

 

United Church of Roger’s Park

“Donations can be dropped off at the church office Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10am to 6pm. The address is 1545 W. Morse Ave., Chicago IL 60626. Thank you!” -Friends at UCRP

Gifts needed: Toys $10-$15 dollars each (age: newborn to 18 years old), No gun toys. Gift cards to grocery stores for the Holiday Cheer Program.

 

1545 W. Morse Ave.

Chicago, IL 60626

Contact: Sabrina Bermingham

(773) 761-2500

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www.ucrogerspark.org

 

Uptown Baptist Church

Please call for donation details.

 

1011 W. Wilson Ave.

Chicago, IL 60640

(773) 784-2922

www.uptownbaptistchurch.org

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