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There are thousands of children living in the Chicago area without the gift of a loving family. Help brigthen the holiday of these children in need.


You can brighten the holiday for a child in need.

The holiday season is a very special time of year filled with laughter, joy and anticipation. Children dream of having a gift to open as they anxiously wait for their wishes upon a star to be answered. But there are too many children in the Chicago area living through the holiday season without the gift of a loving family or whose parents are struggling just to provide them with basic necessities. For many of these children those dreams and wishes will go unfulfilled. Please help us make their dreams come true.

Children's Home Aid protects, educates and counsels children, youth and families to improve their lives. The Metropolitan Region serves over 5,000 children between the ages of 0 to 18 through programs including Foster Care, Residential Treatment, Early Childhood Care Education, Intact Family Services and Youth Services. These children are experiencing overwhelming obstacles such as mental illness, homelessness, abuse and neglect. They have seen the ravages of poverty and drugs, and many suffer the painful loneliness caused by separation from their families. These obstacles are especially difficult during the holiday season, as many of our families do not have the resources to provide their children with a holiday celebration.

Each year, Children's Home Aid staff and volunteers try to bring holiday cheer into their lives by answering their letters to Santa. There are several ways that you can help:

- You can request a child's wish list. We will give you our children's own "wish lists." You can enjoy making their "wishes" come true and know that a child has received just what they asked for.

- You can provide donation of toys for children ages 0 to 18, and we will match your gifts to a child's wish list.

- You can give donation of store holiday gift cards.

- Or you can make a tax-deductible donation that will be used to pay for the holiday skating party.

By simply filling one request, you will make a wish come true for a child in Foster Care, Residential Treatment, Early Childhood Care Education, Youth Services and Intact Family Services. Wish lists will be provided in November and donations will be collected by the second week of December.

Gifts and donations can be dropped off between regular business hours at the following location:

  • Children's Home Aid, 100 N. Western Ave, Suite 200 in Chicago

If you want to put the joy of the holiday spirit in a child's heart by providing a donation of gifts, please respond with how you would like to get involved in the comments section!


  • Child Welfare

Good Match For

Kids Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Gifts must be delivered by December 12th
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