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Our Wish List

Many of our needs for in-kind items at this moment are related to our ongoing work serving Chicagoans experiencing homelessness or poverty during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please see information about the items we are asking for, as well as next steps for donating them, below.


  • Immediate Wishes

    Donations of the following items will help fulfill some immediate needs of those whom we serve.

    • Microwaves
    • Twin-sized comforters
    • Twin-sized jersey sheets
    • Space heaters
    • Hiking backpacks
    • Heavy duty plastic bags
    • Body cleansing wipes, including female cleansing wipes
    • Men's boots, sizes 11 to 13

    Next Steps

    Please contact Miranda Dean, Resource Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 773-506-6022 to make donation arrangements.

  • Move-In Care Packages

    The Night Ministry continues to support the residents of our Youth Housing Programs when they move on to the next step in their journeys to greater stability.

    One way we do that is by providing a care package of household essentials to clients moving into their own apartments. You can help by donating care packages with the following items.

    • Laundry hamper (which can also serve as the container for the other items)
    • Towel & facecloth set
    • Dish towel
    • Dish & bowl set (ideally service for 4)
    • Silverware set (service for 4)
    • Tupperware (at least two sizes)
    • Oven mitts
    • Toilet brush & plunger
    • Toilet paper
    • Paper towels
    • Kitchen trash bags
    • Aluminum foil & plastic wrap
    • Zip lock bags: gallon and sandwich
    • Dish detergent
    • Laundry detergent

    We are also accepting donations of these items individually. We have created an Amazon Wish List to make purchasing these items for donation convenient. You are not, however, required to purchase them through Amazon.

    Next Steps

    Please contact Miranda Dean, Resource Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 773-506-6022 to make donation arrangements.

    If ordering from Amazon, please inform Miranda of your order and send to the following address:

    The Night Ministry
    1735 North Ashland Avenue
    Suite 2000
    Chicago, IL 60622
    773-784-9000

  • Hygiene/Personal Care Products

    Hygiene products are distributed throughout our programs. We accept the following items in travel or sample size. You may collect all of them and assemble into kits packed into gallon-size resealable bags or donate loose items.

    • shampoo
    • conditioner
    • deodorant (travel or regular size)
    • toothbrush
    • toothpaste
    • soap
    • body lotion
    • mouthwash
    • lip balm
    • comb/brush
    • disposable razor
    • shaving cream
    • wash cloth
    • disposable wipes
    • sunscreen

    Next Steps

    Please contact Miranda Dean, Resource Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 773-506-6022 to make donation arrangements.

  • Clothing

    Clothing items go a long way in bringing warmth and comfort to those whom we serve. We are in need of the following items:

    • New adult-size winter coats (dark colors preferred, sizes large to XXX-large)
    • New adult-size winter/ski gloves
    • New adult-size sweatshirts/hoodies (dark colors preferred, sizes medium to XXX-large)
    • New adult-size sweatpants (dark colors preferred, sizes medium to XXX-large)
    • New or gently used men's shoes and winter boots, sizes 11 to 13
    • Packages of new white or black adult-size adult socks
    • Packages of new adult-size underwear (no bikinis, please)
    • New adult-size white t-shirts

    We have created an Amazon Wish List to make purchasing these items for donation convenient. You are not, however, required to purchase them through Amazon.

    Next Steps

    Please contact Miranda Dean, Resource Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 773-506-6022 to make donation arrangements.

    If ordering from Amazon, please inform Miranda of your order and send to the following address:

    The Night Ministry
    1735 North Ashland Avenue
    Suite 2000
    Chicago, IL 60622
    773-784-9000

  • Gift Cards and Ventra Passes

    Gift cards also provide our clients with the means to purchase clothing, groceries, or a meal while Ventra passes allow them to get to school, work, and job interviews.

    • Grocery/General Household
      • $25: Target, Walmart, Jewel-Osco, Mariano's
      • $10: Jewel-Osco, Mariano's
    • Drug/Convenience Store
      • $10-25: Family Dollar, CVS, Walgreens
    • Fast Food
      • $5-10: McDonalds, Burger King, Subway, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks
    • Ventra
      • Single ride Ventra passes for transit on CTA/Pace
    • Visa Gift Cards
      • Gift cards of any amount

    Next Steps

    Gift cards may be sent to us via U.S. mail at

    The Night Ministry
    1735 North Ashland Avenue
    Suite 2000
    Chicago, IL 60622

    To make other arrangements to donate gift cards, please contact Miranda Dean, Resource Coordinator, at 773-506-6022 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Food and Beverages

    Your donation of the following items will help us continue to provide meals to the individuals and families served by The Night Ministry.

    Meals for the Health Outreach Bus and The Crib Overnight Shelter

    We are accepting prepared meals to serve 50 to 100 people at our Health Outreach Bus, depending on the stop. Meals may be dropped off at our administrative office or at the stop, but should be scheduled in advance.

    We are also accepting breakfast or dinner at The Crib on the weekend to feed 30 people. Meals may be dropped off at The Crib or sent by delivery, but should be scheduled in advance.

    Please visit this link to see available dates to provide meals for the Health Outreach Bus or The Crib. Then contact Andrew Hart, Volunteer Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 773-506-6033 with any questions and to make arrangements to provide meals.

    Sack Suppers

    Sack suppers, served at our Health Outreach Bus and through our Street Medicine Program, should include sandwich (meat and cheese only, no condiments), chips, easy to eat fruit such as an orange or a banana or a fruit cup, and bottled water. Some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are appreciated, as well.

    Please place only the chips and fruit items in a brown paper bag. Keep sandwiches separate as we often refrigerate them separately. Bottles of water may be kept in their original packaging case.

    Please visit this link to see when we need sack suppers. Then contact Andrew Hart, Volunteer Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 773-506-6033 to make donation and drop-off arrangements or for any questions.

    Disposable Utensils and Carryout Containers

    To support health and safety measures during the pandemic, we are using disposable utensils at The Crib overnight shelter. We are also utilizing styrofoam take-out containers for leftovers and for guests to take meals on-the-go. If you are able to donate these supplies, please contact Miranda Dean, Resource Coordinator, at 773-506-6022 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

1735 North Ashland Avenue, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60622 |
Phone: 773-784-9000