In-Kind Donations


Sarah's Circle truly appreciates in-kind donations such as toiletries, books, and snacks that are critical to what we can offer women on a daily basis. Many in-kind donations received are used quickly and need to be replenished often. Also, certain times of year create a higher demand for items such as deodorant in summer or new gloves and cough medicine in winter.

Because of limited storage space we only accept clothing in good condition and that is appropriate for the current season. Donated clothing should be clean and folded when delivered. Larger clothing sizes (XL, XXL, 3XL) are especially needed. We are only accepting clothing sizes 10+. Men's clothing is welcome. 

If you or a group you're involved with would like to organize a donation drive on our behalf, it is important to let us know your plans ahead of time before collecting your items. This way, we can effectively coordinate the donations being collected. 

In-Kind tems can be dropped off Monday - Friday between 9:30am and 5:00pm, except holidays, at our 4838 N. Sheridan Rd (Daytime Support Center) location. If you are providing a larger amount of donations (20 pounds or more), please call first to schedule a drop-off. If you need assistance carrying donations, please call when you arrive and we will send someone to assist. If you have questions about in-kind donations, please call (773) 728-1014, ext 314. Thank you!

See our Wish List on Amazon to pick out exactly what items are needed. Donations can be sent to 4838 N. Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60640. Link to Wish ListYour contact information will NOT be automatically included on the return shipping label. Please include your name and address in the comment box so that we know who the donation is from!

Last Updated: January 5, 2018

Items currently in high demand:

• Shampoo and Conditioner (travel size) - greatly needed
• Disposable Razors - greatly needed
• Bar or Liquid Body Soap (travel size) - greatly needed
• Pantyliners and High Absorbency Pads - greatly needed
• Adult Diapers for Women (sizes L, XL) - greatly needed
• Deodorant - greatly needed
Toothpaste - greatly needed
• Winter Coats (larger sizes needed) - greatly needed
Winter Boots (sizes 9+ needed) - greatly needed

• Hand Warmers
• Bath Towels (new)
• Cough Drops
• Cold Medicine
Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, Tylenol (no aspirin, please)

• Winter Gloves
• Winter Hats
• Scarves
• Reusable Ponchos
• Wool Socks
• New Socks (sizes L, XL)

• Sleeping Bags
• Lotion (travel size)

• Umbrellas
• Face or Body Wipes
• Black Heavy-Duty Trash Bags

• Stretch/Yoga Pants (sizes XL, XXL, and 3XL+)
• Folding Personal Use Shopping Carts (with wheels)

• Fish Oil, Vitamin C, Multivitamins
• Cold Medicine (pill form preferred)
• Sinus/Allergy Medicine (pill form preferred)
• Hand Sanitizer (travel size)
• Iron (can be used)
• Headphones/Ear buds
• Microwavable Popcorn

• Bagged Lunches (see details below)

Sarah's Circle readily accepts donations of pre-made bagged lunches. These lunches supplement the meals served at Sarah's Circle as women often rely on them to stay fed until their next meal. Bagged lunches consist of a sandwich, snack, optional fruit and optional healthy beverage. Quantities of at least 50 bagged lunches are required as we serve 50 women in our interim housing program and at least 50 women per day at our Daytime Support Center. If you or a group is interested in supplying bagged lunches for one of our programs, please call the Development Assistant at 773-728-1014 ext 314 to schedule a drop-off.

Supplies for Art Therapy:

• Sewing Maching (can be used) but needs to be fully functional and equipped with: correct size of needles, bobbins, its own foot/peddle, instruction manual
• New or gently used colored pencils and markers

• Acrylic color paint sets in boxes, such as 5 color sets

Complete sheets/rolls of fabric for making clothing

• Colorful yarns
• Art supplies such as, but not limited to: canvas boards, acrylic paints, decorative crafting supplies, modpodge, school glue, scissors

 Items that need to be replenished regularly:

Mouthwash (travel size)
• Toothbrushes and Toothpaste (travel size)
• Baby Powder

• Athletic/Tennis Shoes (no high heels)

• New Bath Towels
• New or slightly used backpacks or tote bags
• Chapstick
• New twin size bed sheets/linens
• Vaseline (travel size)
• Costume Jewelry
• Unused Cosmetics
• Nail Polish and Remover
• Plastic rain caps and plastic rain ponchos
• Small Rubber Hair Bands
• Nail Clippers/Files
• Wide Tooth Combs

On behalf of the Board, staff, and women we serve at Sarah's Circle, thank you for considering us for your in-kind donations!

Ways to Help

Please visit our Ways to Help page to learn more about the many ways you can directly impact the women of Sarah’s Circle.


Sarah’s Circle is a refuge for women who are homeless or in need of a safe space. By providing life necessities, housing, case management, clinical and social services, we encourage women to empower themselves by rebuilding both emotionally and physically; realizing their unique potential.

Sarah's Circle

4838 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: 773-728-1991

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