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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.


  • 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 60 to 200 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 25 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.

    Please 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.

    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), fruit cup, snack, and bottled water.

    Please 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 arrangements to donate sack suppers.

    Disposable Plates and Utensils

    To support health and safety measures during the pandemic, we are using disposable plates and utensils at The Crib overnight shelter. If you are able to donate these supplies, please contact contacting Miranda Dean, Resource Coordinator, at 773-506-6022 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • 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
    • moist towelettes
    • 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.

  • Sanitary Supplies and Personal Protective Gear

    These items are essential for us to continue providing services on the streets and at our Youth Housing Programs.

    • cloth face masks (store-bought or handmade)
    • surgical and N95 respirator masks
    • hand sanitizer
    • disinfectant wipes

    To make arrangements to donate these items, 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..

  • Clothing

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

    • New or gently used adult-size warm winter coats (dark colors preferred)
    • New adult-size sweatshirts/hoodies (dark colors preferred)
    • New adult-size sweatpants (dark colors preferred)
    • New adult-size long underwear sets (tops and bottoms)
    • New or gently used adult-size winter boots 
    • 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

    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. Many of the above items may be purchased through our Amazon wish list.

  • 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.

    • $25: Target, Walmart, Jewel-Osco, Mariano's
    • $15-30: Goodwill, Salvation Army
    • $10-25: Family Dollar, CVS, Walgreens
    • $10: Jewel-Osco, Mariano‚Äôs
    • $5-10: McDonalds, Burger King, Subway, Starbucks
    • Single ride Ventra Passes for transit on CTA and Pace

    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..

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