Mission

We believe there’s an extraordinary opportunity to impact children’s lives during the first five years of life by providing low income families with the essentials needed to thrive. Helping parents during this critical time allows them to shift their focus from crisis management to nurturing, creating a ripple effect that helps strengthen family bonds, improves brain development, and caregiver’s mental health.

Share Our Spare was founded in 2011 by Amy Kadens following the birth of her first child. She realized that being a new mom was challenging even with the best of means and that no parent should ever have to endure the stress of providing the basics. She leveraged her network of friends and family with extras to share and connected them with Chicago’s most needy families. Over the past seven years, we have collected more than 500,000 infant and toddler items to distribute to hundreds of Chicago area families in need.

With the help of our generous volunteers’ stuff, time, and money, we hope to disrupt cycles of generational poverty by providing families with the essentials they need to flourish in the first years of a child’s life.

Mission