Share Your Extra Stuff

At Share Our Spare we understand how “extra” items can make an extraordinary difference, and that the simple act of sharing your extras can change a child’s life.

When you donate new or gently used items for children ages newborn to five, you are providing children with the basics needed at a pivotal time in their childhood. We closely inspect each donation to ensure that it is free of stains and holes and that all baby gear is safe, clean and ready to use. With your help, we ensure that every item distributed meets our quality standards.

We gratefully accept donations at our River West warehouse. Please check out our drop-off dates. We will help you unload your donations and make sure that they get to the families in Chicago who need them the most through our network of committed social service agency partners.

Share Our Spare is happy to accept the following NEW or GENTLY USED items:

NEW OR GENTLY USED: NEW / UNUSED ITEMS:
  • All Clothing and Outerwear (ages 0-5T)
  • Baby Carriers
  • Baby Swings
  • Pack and Plays
  • Blankets (Stroller or Swaddle Size)
  • Bundle Me
  • Exersaucers
  • High Chairs
  • Play Mats/Activity Gyms
  • Strollers
  • Books
  • Diapers (all sizes)
  • Baby Soap and Lotion
  • Bottles
  • Burp Cloths/Bibs
  • Diaper Cream
  • Pacifiers
  • Wipes
  • Small Educational Toys
SHARE OUR SPARE DOES NOT ACCEPT THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:
  • Bedding
  • Car Seats
  • Cribs
  • Diaper Pails
  • Nursery Décor
  • Nursing Items

In addition to donated items, you may purchase some of our many essential items through our online registry. Please visit here to see our list.

Our In-Kind Tax Receipt can be found here.

At Share Our Spare we imagine a future where all of Chicago’s children have their basic needs met in the first five years of life, freeing up families to shift from crisis management to caregiving. As a city-wide leader in advocating for children, we seek to build a sustainable network of stakeholders across the city who believe that ALL children are OUR children.

Local families, businesses, organizations, and community-based groups are central to that effort and we offer a number of meaningful opportunities to support Share Our Spare:

  • Open Warehouse Days – The Sharehouse is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10AM – 5PM to accept donations. Please follow us on social or visit our website for regularly updated hours.
  • Collection Drives – Share Our Spare supporters can organize a community drive at their local school, place of work, faith community, or other central location and collect donations for Share Our Spare. Community drives can be specific (a diaper drive) or a broad call to action for items in need.
  • Stuff the Truck – SOS Ambassadors can organize a drive in their community where friends, family, and local organizations can bring donations to a moving truck parked in a safe and accessible location. Share Our Spare helps Ambassadors coordinate the truck rental and then spreads the word through social and digital media channels.
  • In Kind Donations – Share our Spare works with corporations throughout the greater Chicago area to accept in kind donations, supplies, or excess inventory.

If you are interested in parternering with us please email: info@shareourspare.org.

Donation Drop Off Day