Donation and Volunteer Support for New Arrivals from Texas

Since Wednesday, August 31st, the City of Chicago has welcomed hundreds of migrants bused from Texas to Chicago. Our has city greeted them with dignity and respect, and the City government, in collaboration with local, state, federal, and community partners, continues to take action to ensure they have access to shelter, food, and other resources. We anticipate that the state of Texas will continue to bus migrants to Chicago and we remain committed to providing support and resources to our newly arrived neighbors during this transition period.

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At this time, our shelter partners cannot accept “walk-up” volunteers, and due to security and safety concerns for minors on-site, there is a registration process to become a volunteer. If you wish to volunteer, please complete the volunteer registration form found here.

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As a welcoming city, we know Chicagoans are ready to show their generosity and are looking for ways to support. Below please find more information about how you can help Chicago’s newest arrivals. 


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Amazon Wish List

To have a quick and direct impact, now, residents and organizations can also support asylum seekers by purchasing items directly from an Amazon Wish List set up in partnership with Instituto del Progreso Latino. You can find the Wish List by clicking Rapid Response Wish List on Amazon or at InstitutoChicago.org


Donation Items Needed



*List subject to change based on supply and demand. Please check this website regularly for the most up to date info.

Urgently needed:

  • New clothing for adults (including cold weather clothing)
  •  Men’s sizes small, medium, and large – in particular medium
  •  Women’s sizes small, medium, and large—in particular medium
  •  Men’s underwear
  •  Women’s underwear
  •  Women’s sports bras
  •  Long sleeve shirts (men, women, unisex)
  •   Sweatshirts/sweaters (men, women, unisex)
  •  Sweatpants (men, women, unisex)
  •  Pants (men and women)
  •  Socks (men, women, unisex)
  •  Shoes (closed toe gym shoes) (infants, boys, girls, men and women)
  •  Shoelaces
  •  Winter coats (men, women, children, infants)

Other items needed:

  • New hygiene kit items (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shampoo)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Preference for sanitary pads and pantyliners
  • Reusable bags (e.g., duffle bags and suitcases)
  • Backpacks
  • Bath towels (large towels, hand towels, wash cloths)
  • Baby bottles
  • Baby carriers
  • Baby formula
  • Pedialyte
  • Diapers
  • Vaseline / diaper ointment
  • Baby wipes
  • Blankets
  • Nail clippers
  • Pack n’ plays
  • Razors
  • Hairbrushes
  • Chapstick
  • Ace bandages
  • Antibacterial cream
  • Antifungal cream
  • Band-aids (all sizes)
  • Calamine lotion
  • Calcium antacid (e.g., Tums)
  • First aid tape
  • Gauze
  • Heartburn medication (Famotidine)
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Tylenol/Ibuprofen
  • Toys and activity books
  • New clothing for children
    • 6 months-teens
  • Underwear for children and teens

We will update this list as we continue more detailed needs assessments. For additional inquiries, please email: DONATIONS@cityofchicago.org.


Thank you for all your efforts.