The Holiday Wish Program is a chance to share the spirit of the season by purchasing gifts for families or an individual HOW client. Most of the individuals and family’s requests things like clothes, toys, retail, or grocery gift cards. With your support, these gifts will make the holidays special for someone who would 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. At such a vulnerable time, the ability to buy gifts is a large financial burden and is out of reach for many. 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. Please join us in granting a holiday wish for a HOW client!


Thank you for your interest in granting holiday wishes for HOW families and single adults.

  • If you would like to participate by purchasing gifts for families or individuals as a part of Holiday Wish, please complete this form. 

  • If you would like to participate by making an online donation to be used to purchase gifts as a part of Holiday Wish, please complete this form. 

Once you have completed the form, you will receive instructions and a wish list via email from our Community Engagement Coordinator.


All gifts must be labeled with the client’s name on each item.  Do not wrap gifts. Please return all gifts inside a gift bag to the HOW office located at 1607 W. Howard St., Chicago, IL 60626. 

If you are mailing your gifts, please label the package "Holiday Wish" and include all the information listed above. 

Gift drop-off will be accepted Monday through Friday 10am to 5pm starting November 25th, 2019. The final gift drop-off day is Saturday, December 9th, 2019 from 10am to 1pm. Email prior to bringing gifts to coordinate your drop-off day and time. 

If you would like to donate wrapping paper for families to wrap their gifts, please email or drop it off at our offices

Desired Gift Cards:

If you would like to donate a gift card to provide extra support for families, here are HOW’s preferred gift cards:

  • Walmart

  • Jewel Osco

  • Target

  • Pre-Loaded Ventra Cards

  • Aldi

  • Dollar Store


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