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Welcome a family into their new home with a basket full of the things that make a house a home. Welcome baskets are a great holiday gift idea; donate one or more in honor of a loved one. Perfect for office groups, girl/boy scouts, class projects or anyone wanting to help a family start a new life. For more information contact Sheila Quinn at or (773) 465-5770 ext. 256.

To make a welcome basket for a family, fill a sturdy new laundry basket (or two) with the following items:

  • Laundry detergent
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Towel sets
  • Bathroom cleaning supplies
  • Toilet paper
  • Facial tissue
  • Hand soap
  • Kitchenware (excluding Tupperware and other storage containers)
  • Table settings for four

Our clients moving into a new home would also be grateful to receive the following items, new or in good condition:

  • Coffee maker
  • Toaster
  • Linens
  • Lamps
  • Small electronics (alarm clocks, stereos, microwaves, etc.)

Be sure to check out our Amazon Wish List created for our participants.

New or gently used clothing items are accepted on a case by case basis. With limited storage, large donations must be pre-arranged and approved. If you have clothing other than what is described below, please contact the Salvation Army or Goodwill as we also refer our clients to their services.

Clothing for children, ages birth-12 (new only)

School Supplies for school-aged children and year-around academic coaching are collected and reflect the Chicago Public Schools list of classroom essentials:

Pencils-primary and regular #2
Crayons-large and regular
Washable markers
Scissors-primary and intermediate
Glue sticks
Paper towels
Pocket folders
Pencil top erasers
Supply box
Watercolor paints
Colored pencils
Spiral notebooks
Wide-ruled notebook paper
Assignment notebook

If you would like to support the HOW Youth Program, be sure to check out our Amazon Wish List!

Other items collected for the benefit of the organization at-large are accepted on a case-by-case basis including:

Office, professional shredder
Office equipment (copiers, printers, fax machines, computers)
Office supplies (paper, binders)
Office furniture
Two passenger vans

HOW does not accept the following items:

Opened or partially used personal care items
Opened or partially used medications or first aid items
Items in non-working condition or damaged
Perishable food items
Items not in good used or new condition

HOW is no longer able to accept furniture items due to space constraints.
The following organizations provide furniture vouchers to our clients:

Salvation Army


As a registered 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, HOW is able to accept donations of goods in-kind for distribution to the beneficiaries of our mission, or for the benefit of the organization at-large.

According to IRS regulations, only items in good used condition or better and used in support of the organization's mission are tax deductible. Items that are not in good used condition or better will not be accepted or processed. In addition, all items valued at $5,000 or more must be verified by a qualified, independent appraiser and arranged for and completed by the donor.
For more information on IRS guidelines click here.

Questions? Please contact Sheila Quinn at or
(773) 465-5770 ext. 256.



HOW You Can Make
a Difference!

By making a tax-deductible donation to HOW—you are making a gift that is more valuable than you can imagine!

You are supporting women and children in Chicago to maximize their self-sufficiency goals.

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