Unless otherwise specified, CAWC only accepts donations of new items.

Donations can be dropped off at CAWC’s administrative offices at 1116 N. Kedzie Ave., 5th Floor, Chicago, IL. 

Please contact CAWC first to schedule your drop off: 773.489.9081

Items purchased via our Amazon Wishlist ship directly to our administrative offices!  View the list here

Holiday Wish List

Winter Gear

  • Hats, gloves, and scarves

  • Fleece Sweaters (all sizes)

  • Winter coats (women, children, teens)


  • Diapers (especially sizes 4, 5, & 6)

  • Baby wipes and baby wash

  • Training cups and baby bottles (no BPA)

Art Supplies

  • Art and craft sets

  • Art supplies (paint, brushes, etc.)

  • Jewelry making kits and/or supplies

  • Sewing kits and/or supplies


  • Journals (adults and children)

  • Planner

  • Beauty gift sets

  • Nail polish and manicure sets

  • Makeup kits

  • Body spray and perfume

  • Gift cards

  • Movie Passes

  • Reading materials related to self-care or meditation (in both English and Spanish)

  • Essentials oils

  • Yoga mats

  • Candles

  • Slippers

  • Pajama Sets (adults and children)


  • Clothes for teen boys

  • Thermal underpants and shirts

  • Socks

  • Underwear

Children and Teens

  • Board Games

  • Educational toys

  • Headphones

  • Gifts for teen boys

  • Kid movies (non-violent)

  • Basketballs, footballs, soccer balls

  • Lego Sets

  • Educational Workbooks


  • Body wash

  • Shampoo and conditioner

  • Hand sanitizer/hand soap

  • Deodorant

  • Hair products

  • Laundry detergent

  • Hair Brushes

  • Hair Dryers

  • Hair Dye

  • Curling Irons/Flat Irons

Household Items

  • Pillows

  • Blankets/Comforters

  • Sheets (particularly twin sized)

  • Towels

  • Outlet covers

  • Can opener

  • Blender

  • Coffee maker

  • Kitchen knives

  • Irons

  • Industrial Pots and Pans (for cooking bulk meals for shelter residents)


  Unless otherwise specified, CAWC only accepts donations of new items.

Unfortunately, CAWC does not have the capacity to do pick-up service. If you wish to organize a wish list drive for CAWC, please contact Meredith Albrecht at 773.489-9081, ext. 223. Thank you!