Thank you for your wonderful support of the New Vecinos program. New Life has received an incredible amount of donations from residents and needs to pause starting on Saturday, December 23rd. We appreciate your generosity. However, at this time, New Life Centers is not accepting clothing donations.


New Life needs to pause receiving clothing donations, including the Ogden Warehouse.


In the meantime, gently used items can be dropped off at your nearest Cradles to Crayons site. Find a local drop-off location near you:  Find a Local Drop-Off - Cradles to Crayons - Chicago   


Instituto Chicago

For residents and organizations interested in making a quick and direct impact, Instituto del Progreso Latino is now accepting monetary donations to purchase items for new arrivals in bulk. Donations can be made on their website by visiting this link


Amazon Wish List

Additionally, residents can purchase items directly from an Amazon Wish List set up in partnership with Instituto del Progreso Latino. This Wish List is regularly updated to meet the needs of new arrivals in the City’s shelters and respite facilities. You can find the Wish List by clicking Rapid Response Wish List on Amazon or at All items purchased from the Wish List are shipped to the City's donations warehouse and go out for delivery to shelters.



Cradles to Crayons

One Warm Coat is a national nonprofit organization that provides free coats to children and adults in need while promoting volunteerism and environmental sustainability. Chicago residents can find a place to donate coats near them by searching by zip code here: or can register to hold a coat drive here: 

In addition, One Warm Coat is coordinating donations of new outerwear for migrant families in Chicago through its Zero Waste Initiative. One Warm Coat is also accepting monetary donations (minimum of $5,000) to purchase new coats at wholesale prices.

Instituto Chicago

Chicago Furniture Bank in partnership with New Life Centers, the Chicago Furniture Bank is providing furniture to new arrivals resettling into permanent housing. Chicago Furniture Bank is also the largest provider of free furniture to Chicago’s unhoused population. In order to sustain their current operation, they need your help. Spread the word among your constituents and encourage them to donate extra furniture to our unhoused neighbors, including new arrivals!

Request Form to Schedule Furniture Pick-Up:

Donation Drop-offs: 4801 S Whipple St, Chicago, IL, 60632 (Monday-Friday, 9 am - 4 pm) More information:

Cradles to Crayons

Cradles to Crayons Chicago is partnering with New Life Centers to provide clothing, shoes, and basic essential items for new arrivals.  Cradles to Crayons Chicago is the only large-scale organization addressing clothing insecurity: the lack of access to affordable, adequate, and appropriate clothing.  The organization provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive through their service partners. In order to fulfill the need in Chicago, they need donations of gently used clothing, shoes, and winter coats as well as new socks, underwear, and pajamas.

Find a local drop-off location near you: Find a Local Drop-Off - Cradles to Crayons - Chicago

Cradles to Crayons

Share Our Spare ensures every Chicago area child, ages 0-5, has the essential items they need to support their health and development and equip them for a strong start. We do this through collecting donations of new and gently used early childhood items from community members and redistributing them through our network of 150+ other nonprofit organizations who work directly with young children and their families who are experiencing poverty. 


Accepted Items List

Donation Drop Off Schedule -

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