For many of the families JCFS Chicago serves, basic tangible needs are out of their financial reach.
JCFS Chicago Holiday Gift Drive
For many of the families we work with, the parents struggle to pay their housing and food expenses, so gifts for their children during the holiday season is nearly impossible. To ensure that they don’t go through the holidays without receiving even one gift, we host a Holiday Gift Drive each year.
Children and teens who receive essential JCFS support services through foster care, counseling, and the Knapp School & Yeshiva give us their top 3 wishes (costing approximately $50). Then our work begins finding individuals, families and organizations to help fulfill the wishes. As a Holiday Gift Drive donor, we will match you with a child (or children), and will provide you with that child’s wish list, which you may reference as you shop. With your help, these children will see their wishes become reality this holiday season.
You can participate by hosting a toy drive or filling a wish list for an individual client. Please fill out this form to let us know how you’d like to be involved.
Thank you, and should you have any questions, please contact Haley Zimmerman at 773.467.3746
Once the items are purchased, we need volunteers like you to help sort the donated holiday gifts and match them to each child. The work requires teamwork, organizational skills, and some light lifting. It’s a great activity for a family group, book club, work colleagues, or others who want to spend time together while doing something to help others. Volunteers may be as young as age 13 but must be accompanied by an adult. Toy sorting will take place at the Elaine Kersten Children’s Center in Northbrook. (Dates TBD).
Through generous funding provided by JUF's Chanukah Coat Club, JCFS Chicago is proud to provide families with new hats, gloves, coats, and more this winter season. The winter clothing that our clients are gifted from Project Winter Warmth are often the first new items of clothing they have ever received. The impact of having new clothes for these children’s self-esteem cannot be overstated.
We will need volunteers to help us shop at local Targets in 2-hour time slots and to unpack and sort the items that have been purchased online. (Dates and Location TBD)
Through in-kind donations, you can help fill these otherwise unmet needs. Our needs change often, so please contact Haley Zimmerman or call 773.467.3746
We also accept NEW toys, clothing and household items and are most in need of the following:
- Art supplies - play doh, water color paint and paper, construction paper and markers
- Dolls with a variety of ethnicities
- Science themed/educational games
We regret that we are unable to accept donations of furniture, computers, used clothing and used toys.
In-kind donation drop-offs are accepted at the following locations and times:
Central Office, 216 W. Jackson, Ste. 700, Chicago
10 AM - 4 PM, Tuesdays - Thursdays
10 AM - 3 PM, Fridays
Joy Faith Knapp Children’s Center, 3145 W. Pratt, Chicago
8 AM - 5 PM, Mondays - Thursdays
8 AM - 4:30 PM, Fridays
Elaine Kersten Children’s Center, 255 Revere, Ste. 200, Northbrook,
8 AM - 8 PM, Mondays & Tuesdays
8 AM - 5:30 PM, Wednesdays
8 AM - 8:30 PM, Thursdays
8 AM - 4:30 PM, Fridays
Call toll-free at 855.700.5237 to speak to a JCFS Chicago Vehicle Donation Representative.
Our Representative will schedule a pickup that is convenient for you, and provide you with confirmation of your donation.