For many of the families JCFS Chicago serves, basic tangible needs are out of their financial reach.
JCFS Chicago Holiday Gift Drive 2018
As the weather gets cooler and outdoor patios close, we begin to store away our summer clothes and prepare for the colder months. Winter time is filled with hot chocolate, snowflakes, and the holidays – a time for giving.
Each year, during our annual Holiday Gift Drive, JCFS Chicago provides gifts for more than 500 children in need who receive counseling, foster care, respite, and other essential support services. In many of the families we work with parents struggle to just pay their housing and food expenses, so purchasing holiday gifts for their children is nearly impossible. To ensure that our youngest clients receive a gift this holiday season, we rely on the support of donors like you. As a Holiday Gift Drive donor, we will match you with a child (or children) in need, and will provide you with that child’s wish list, which you may reference as you shop (gifts should not exceed $50 per child). Donations should be dropped off at a JCFS Chicago location by November 28.
If you are part of a Synagogue or organization that would like to get involved, you can either host a general holiday gift drive or you can request a number of wish slips to pass out to families who would like to sponsor a child.*
* JCFS Chicago offers a pick-up service for those organizations that sponsor 50 or more children.
Holiday Gift Sorting Volunteers - Once all the donated gifts are at our offices, we need volunteers to help sort and double check that each gift package contains the correct gifts that match the child’s wishes. This year we’ll be sorting and packing up the holiday gifts at our office in Northbrook on Friday, November 30 and Sunday, December 2. The work requires teamwork, organization skills, and some light lifting. Volunteers may be as young as age 13, but must be accompanied by an adult.
Project Winter Warmth Volunteers - Through generous funding provided by JUF's Chanukah Coat Club, we’re proud to provide JCFS Chicago families in need with new hats, gloves, coats and more this winter season. We will need volunteers to help us either shop at local Target stores or help unpack and sort the items that have been purchased online.
If you are interested in donating to the Holiday Gift Drive or volunteering for either Holiday Gift Sorting or Project Winter Warmth, please contact Joshua Rosen at 773.467.3746 or JoshuaRosen@jcfs.org
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. The exception to this is certain times when we accept donations of furniture or computers for refugee resettlement. Please contact HIAS Immigration & Citizenship directly at 312.357.4666.
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
Donate your car, vehicle, motorcycle, boat or RV
Our Representative will schedule a pickup that is convenient for you, and provide you with confirmation of your donation.