The CAWC Wishlist

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

Our Holiday Amazon Wishlist is a living list of items most urgently needed by our clients. Items purchased via our Wish list on Amazon ship directly to our administrative offices!  Gift cards are another way you can support those families currently being served by CAWC. Gift Cards offer great flexibility for families to go to dinner for special occasions, buy a special gift for a loved one, or purchase new clothing for a new year at school.

Unfortunately, CAWC does not have the capacity to do pick-up service. We are open for drop-off donations by appointment Monday-Thursday, 10AM till 4 PM. If you wish to organize a wish list or Gift Card drive for CAWC, please contact Jessica Kurkowski at 773.489.9081. Thank you!

While we appreciate each and every gift donated to CAWC, especially over the holiday season, monetary donations ensure that we have the capacity to fill the often urgent needs of our clients as quickly as possible. A gift of $25 ensures that we can provide a weeks worth of diapers for a parent arriving at Greenhouse Shelter.

Make a Monetary Donation

Donations can be dropped off or mailed to 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 or email Jessica Kurkowski at 


CAWC Wish list

Our holiday wish list allows CAWC to provide gifts for the clients in our programs. Donations can be dropped off at CAWC’s administrative office. Please contact CAWC at 773.489.9081 to schedule a donation drop off. 

 Children and Teens

  • Board games
  • Educational toys and workbooks
  • Headphones
  • Kid movies (nonviolent)
  • X-Box Games (nonviolent)
  • Lego sets


  • Body wash
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Razors, shaving cream
  • Hair products (including ethnic hair care products)
  • Hand sanitizer/hand soap
  • Deodorant


  • Infant clothes (especially newborn – 6 months)
  • New infant car seats

Household items

  • Blankets
  • Sheets (twin size)
  • Laundry detergent
  • Household cleaning supplies
  • Kitchen utensils and supplies
  • Small kitchen appliances (blenders, coffee makers, etc)


      • New clothes for children and teen boys (5-6, 7-8, 10-12, 14-16)
      • New clothes for women
      • Underwear (women, teens, children)
      • Pajamas and slippers
      • Sports bras (all sizes)
      • Yoga pants/sweatpants/leggings 
      • Hair accessories (ponytail holders, head bands, clips, scarfs)
      • Purses (tote bags/book bags)

      Winter gear

      • Hats and gloves
      • Sweaters and sweatshirts (all sizes/genders)
      • Jeans, sweatpants, leggings (all sizes)
      • Winter coats (women, children, and teens)


      • Journals and planners
      • Beauty gift sets (including nail polish/manicure sets)
      • Body spray and perfume
      • Essential oils
      • Yoga mats
      • Candles
      • Books

      Art Supplies

      • Art and craft sets
      • Art supplies (paint, brushes, etc
      • Coloring books
      • Jewelry making kits and/or supplies
      • Sewing kits and/or supplies

        Gift Cards

        Gift cards in all denominations are used throughout the year to provide basic needs for clients. Gift cards give the clients back some control – something that is often denied in abusive relationship. They empower the clients to buy their own essentials.

        • Clothing store gift cards
        • Activity gift cards (movies, museums, etc)
        • Food gift cards (grocery stores and quick restaurants)
        • Bus passes, Uber/Lyft gift cards
        • Target gift cards

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