Few things are as magical as receiving a holiday gift. Join HOW this holiday season in spreading some cheer to a HOW client or family by supporting our efforts to collect gift cards and children's toys.  Something as simple as a gift card lets a client know that someone cares about them and their family. With your support, these gifts will make the holidays special for someone who might otherwise struggle to celebrate the season. 

HOW offers supportive housing and wrap-around services to clients who are rebuilding their lives after a period of instability and homelessness. For many single adult clients, the HOW holiday wish program is the only gift they may receive this year. 

“I have a client in her early 50s who lives alone and received a gift last year, and as I delivered it to her, she told me it was the first time she'd gotten presents (for anything) since she was a little child. She was very touched.”  

For HOW families, the holidays can be a difficult time as they have the added financial burden of trying to buy gifts, while already struggling to provide for their family. In the same way we support clients with housing, employment and many other areas, we aim to alleviate the burden of holiday stress for them. 

“Thank you so much for sponsoring me and my 3 babies. Life has been rough on me and you made it better!”  

How to Particpate


​- Sponsor a single adult by sending a $25 gift card  

- Sponsor a small family by sending a $50 gift card 

- Sponsor a large family by sending a $100 gift card  


By sending a gift card you are supporting a HOW client in a safe way and allowing them to buy holiday gifts for themselves and their family.  


- Walmart 

- Target  

- Walgreens  

- Jewel

- Amazon  

- Pre-paid Visa Cards  



Gift cards can be mailed to HOW, please note that they are for the HOW Holiday Wish and send to:

1607 W Howard St. 3rd Flr.

Chicago, IL 60640


Drop-off times are limited due to COVID-19. To schedule a drop off time, please email Noelle at



HOW will also be collecting toys to give to families with children. If you would like to donate toys or host your own toy drive for HOW please contact Noelle at for further instructions. Please do not wrap toys as they will be sorted into age groups for clients.  

Want to save yourself a trip to the store? Shop our Amazon Holiday Wish List with toy and gift card suggestions. All items will be directly mailed to HOW and given to participating HOW families.




Finally, send a holiday greeting to a HOW client! Include a card or note with your donation. This is a great way to add a personal touch to your gift and to spread holiday cheer to HOW clients.