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Turn Your Extra into Extraordinary

A child will sleep safely. Stay warm in the cold Chicago winters. Explore the city in their stroller and the world in the pages of a book. A mom will know that baby is clean and dry and has what they need. You can find purpose for your spare baby essentials and a second life for your gently used baby clothing and items by donating your extras to Share Our Spare.

Donation Checklist

Review our list of accepted items and those we cannot use. Or you can shop our Amazon Registry for our most needed items, which will be delivered to our Sharehouse.

Please do a quality check of your items at home before donating them. All items should be in good condition with no rips, stains, tears, smells, etc. and all necessary pieces should be included.

If you would not be excited to give the items to a child in your life, please recycle or dispose of them properly rather than sending to us.

Drop off donated items at our Sharehouse on scheduled days/hours OR register for our residential pick-up service when our van is scheduled to be in your area. We require a $45 donation for all pick-ups to cover the cost of our staff, gas and van.

Supporters of Share Our Spare give diapers

Accepted Items

BRAND NEW ONLY
  • Baby Soap, Lotion, Diaper Cream
  • Baby Washcloths
  • Bibs
  • Bottles & Sippy Cups
  • Burp Cloths
  • Combs & Brushes
  • Diapers & Pull Ups (all sizes, open packs accepted)
  • Formula & Baby Food (unopened & unexpired)
  • Nursing Supplies: Pads, Tubing, Milk Bags, etc.
  • Pacifiers & Teething Toys
  • Period & Perineal Products (open packs accepted)
  • Wipes (unopened)
NEW or GENTLY USED
Large Gear*
  • Baby Swings
  • Bassinets
  • Bed Rails
  • Exersaucers
  • Gates
  • High Chairs
  • Pack N Plays
  • Play Mats
  • Strollers: Single, Double, Snap N Go
NEW or GENTLY USED
Small Gear
  • Baby Carriers
  • Bathroom Gear: Tubs, Potty Seats, Step Stools
  • Boppy & Pregnancy Pillows
  • Bottle Sterilizers*
  • Changing Pads
  • Small Seats: High Chairs, Bumbos
  • Wipe & Bottle Warmers
NEW or GENTLY USED
Essentials
  • Baby Blankets, Sleep Sacks, & Swaddles
  • Baby Towels
  • Books: Children & Parenting
  • Clothing & Outerwear (Children sizes NB-6/7)
  • Diaper Bags
  • Maternity Clothes
  • Monitors & Sound Machines*
  • Plates, Bowls, Utensils, etc. (Toddlers ONLY)
  • Safety Items
  • Shoes (Children sizes 0-12)

*Please ensure all pieces are included prior to donating

Donation Drop-Off Instructions

Items SOS Does Not Accept

Item & Recommendations

See how Archie turned his extras into extraordinary!

Alex Goodfellow

Executive Director

Alex has more than 10 years of nonprofit experience, including five years with The Little Bit Foundation in St. Louis, MO, where she directed the organization’s programming and strategic partnerships and contributed to revenue growth of more than 300%. Prior to SOS, she served as Manager of Corporate Partnerships for One Million Degrees, a Chicago-based nonprofit serving scholars in post-secondary programs. Alex also has experience in domestic violence, as well as youth advocacy. She holds a Master’s in Social Work from the George Warren Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Saint Louis University.

Share Our Spare Bridget Rundquist

Bridget Rundquist

Director of Partnerships and Community Engagement

A native Chicagoan, Bridget is a mission-driven professional with extensive experience serving young people, working in the intersection of education and social work, and building relationships with diverse communities of stakeholders. Bridget holds a Master’s in Social Work from the George Warren Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor’s in History with minors in Education and Psychology from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. She spent a semester abroad in Northern Uganda studying Post-Conflict Resolution and has spent several summers in Jerusalem with Project Harmony Israel.

Jesseca Rhymes

Director of Operations and Development

Jesseca began her career with Apartments.com, where she worked directly with property managers and management companies. She also has served as an assistant property manager with Mercy Housing and as the assignments coordinator at DePaul University’s Department of Housing. In 2015, Jesseca founded Never Go Without, which has donated over 50,000 menstruation and incontinence supplies to individuals in need around the Chicago area. She earned her Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Eastern Illinois University.

Sade Chapman

Operations Coordinator

Sade (they/them) is a community-oriented service industry professional and administrator with a passion for cultivating care through highly personalized experiences. Sade holds a Master’s in Museum Studies from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a Bachelors’ in Anthropology and International Studies from the University of Washington.

Get In Touch

Share Our Spare
3800 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60641
‭773-657-3117

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Share Our Spare Lou

Louis Macmillan

Driver

Louis (Lou) attended Progressive Truck Driving School in Chicago where he received his Class A CDL license. After working at PGT Trucking, he decided to make a change in occupations and started with Share Our Spare in the fall of 2021. Lou says, “I love my job and our mission! I get to deliver essential items for children and meet a lot of new people doing important work throughout the community. I look forward to what’s to come each day!”

Jarod Rhymes

Driver

Jarod Rhymes is a recent graduate from the University of Illinois-Chicago and is currently pursuing his Master’s in Urban Planning and Policy. As part-time van driver, Jarod is responsible for executing SOS donation pick-up services and facilitates many Stuff the Truck events. In addition to being a full-time student and part-time SOS employee, Jarod also is a proud member of the Illinois National Guard.

Sade Chapman

Operations Coordinator

Sade (they/them) is a community-oriented service industry professional and administrator with a passion for cultivating care through highly personalized experiences. Sade holds a Master’s in Museum Studies from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a Bachelors’ in Anthropology and International Studies from the University of Washington.

Lauren Arbuckle

Program Coordinator

Lauren began her journey as a civic advocate for food insecurity, during her graduate practicum at Columbia College Chicago. Outside her education, she worked as a portraiture photographer and led mental wellness programs for the elderly. The desire to help and preserve individualism in communities has led her towards collaborative work. Her avid background includes media literacy and digital production. She obtained her MA in Civic Media at Columbia College Chicago and BA in Journalism and Multimedia Studies at Roosevelt University.

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