Families in Need

Share Our Spare has a mission is to ensure every child in Chicago has the essentials they need to thrive in the first five years of life. We do this by collecting new and gently used baby items from those with “extras” to spare and distributing them to families in need through a sustainable network of volunteers, community stakeholders, and social service agencies.

The essentials we provide for children ages newborn to five include diapers, wipes and personal hygiene items along with new or gently used clothing, shoes, books, toys, baby gear and more. See our full list of collected items here. All are provided at no cost to our agency partners and the families they support.

Please note we do not work directly with families but rather Share Our Spare partners with respected social service agencies across Cook, Lake, and DuPage counties who distribute these items to children and families in their care.

If you are a family in need of services, please contact us or see our Service Provider Directory to connect with an agency in your area.

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