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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. 

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. 

HOW will be collecting toys and items for youth ages newborn to 18 until Thursday, December 14th. Need some item ideas? 

  • Educational toys

  • Books 

  • Bidget toys

  • Building toys

  • Dolls and cars 

  • Soft blankets 

  • Basketball/ football 

  • Art supplies 

How to Particpate


HOW is happy to accept in-person donations of new toys or items for children aged newborn to 18. 

To schedule a drop-off time, please reserve a time here. All drop-offs will be at our Northside office: 

1607 W Howard St. 

Suite 3

Chicago, IL 60626



Making holiday plans?

Add Do Good Sunday: Brunch For A Cause & Toy Drive at The Long Room
to your list! Come out and enjoy drinks as well as a delicious brunch menu from Nice Guy Food Co : and bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to HOW's youth clients so that they can celebrate the holidays with something special.

We'll also be having a raffle featuring amazing prizes from local businesses & partner organizations across the city!

25% of all bar sales will be donated to support HOW's work! We can't wait to see you there. 

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