IN-KIND GIVING

The Share Shop at the Chicago Lights Elam Davies Social Service Center is always in need of clothing—especially men's seasonal items!

The Share Shop at the Chicago Lights Elam Davies Social Service Center is always in need of clothing—especially men’s seasonal items.

In-Kind gifts are appreciated by Chicago Lights’ programs! Our needs vary from month to month, depending on program activities. Please see below for current needs.


Guidelines for Giving an In-Kind Gift

  • Items should be gently used in good condition or new, clean, and when appropriate accompanied by instructions and manuals.
  • Please bring your gift to the Chicago Lights offices at 126 E. Chestnut St; check in with the receptionist in the Gratz Center. We do not have the ability to pick up gifts.
  • If the item you wish to donate is not on the “Current Needs” list, please call Robert Crouch at 312.981.3382 or rcrouch@fourthchurch.org to inquire if one of our partner agencies might need your gift.

Current Needs

SOCIAL SERVICE CENTER

  • Seasonal men’s and women’s clothing
    (shirts, sweaters, jackets, pants, coats, boots, sneakers, socks, underwear, hats, gloves, scarves, etc.)
  • Bags (plastic and paper)
  • Canned and dry goods
  • Ready-to-eat snacks, such as granola bars, crackers, fruits snacks, etc.

TUTORING

  • Pens, pencils, and general school supplies
  • First-aid supplies
  • Books (new releases, African American character books)
  • Literacy/math hands-on learning tools
  • Board games (new or gently used)
  • Technology (iPads, macs, software, etc)
  • Season specific (winter coats, hats/gloves, backpacks, swimsuits, Halloween costumes, etc)
  • First-aid supplies (ice packs)
  • Sports equipment

URBAN FARM

  • Farm supplies (hoses, shovels, wheelbarrows, rakes, gloves, watering cans, rain barrels, etc.
  • Printer cartridges
  • Color printer and copy machine