Giving Tuesday Roundup on the North Shore | Chicago North Shore Moms

Willow House

Chicago North Shore Moms is proud to partner with Willow House. Willow House provides grief support and education for youth, families, schools and other communities grieving the death of a parent, sibling, or child. Their vision is that no child, teen or parent grieves alone.

Donate to Willow House and help fund free grief support services for your local children and families who are dealing with a death of a loved one. “One in 13 children in Illinois experience the death of a parent or sibling by the age of 18 – that’s up from one in 15 from just a year ago.* As the need for grief services continues to grow, they aiming to expand and diversify our programming in 2023 by offering all of our programs in Spanish and expanding our staff capacity to proactively reach out to and serve more lower income communities. Please consider donating to Willow House on #GivingTuesday, 11/29, and help them increase their community impact in the New Year.
(*Source: Judi’s House 2022 Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model)


Toys for Tots

Make the holiday season special for a child in need by donating toys to the Marine Corps’ annual Toys for Tots campaign. Drop off your new, unwrapped donations of toys to Fire Station #33, 1130 Central Ave., during business hours (Tuesday – Friday, 7 AM – 4 PM), or at a collection box at Port Clinton Square during the Heart of the Holidays event. Heart of the Holidays takes place on November 19, November 26, December 3, and December 10 from 2-4 PM throughout Downtown Highland Park.


Coats for Kids

The Highland Park Fire Department’s Coats for Kids drive is underway. Donate new or gently used coats to be given to local families in need. Donations will be accepted until February 1, 2023, at the drop box located in the front lobby of Fire Station #33, 1130 Central Avenue.


“Amplify Your Impact”  with JCC

This year, JCC Chicago has amplified programs to impact more children, families, teens, and adults in our community. When you donate on #GivingTuesday –November 29 – you can amplify your impact by giving to JCC Chicago’s Annual Fund or Camp Chi and Sunrise Day Camp, where all gifts will be matched thanks to our generous partners. Learn more about these funds at


Tov with JUF

The Tikkun Olam Volunteer (TOV) Network is JUF’s connection point for people who want to donate their time to help others in need. In accordance with tikkun olam, the Jewish concept of repairing the world, TOV connects members of the Jewish community with rewarding volunteer opportunities that best meet their interests and needs. Volunteer for opportunities around your communities to deliver food, collect warm gear, holiday gift drives and more.


Dragonfly Foundation Chicago – Adopt a Family Holiday Drive

Would you like to support a family at one of Dragonfly’s 8 partner hospitals and purchase items from their holiday wishlist? Dragonfly is using a central location for gift drop-off, located at the Northfield Community Church at 400 Wagner Road in Northfield, IL. I understand that if I am purchasing gifts, I will be asked to make an appointment to drop them off between November 29th and December 7th.


Fill a Heart 4 Kids

Create “We care’ packages for Fill a Heart 4 Kids families. When a child receives a hand delivered care package filled with treats, socks, water bottles, arts & crafts…it gives them hope. It brightens their day and helps them heal!


Bernie’s Book Bank

Donate books or time to Bernie’s Book Bank: Help sort, sticker and pack books at its Lake Bluff processing center.


Cradles to Crayons

Host a gear/coat drive for Cradles to Crayons.


Gratitude Generation

Volunteer hours for a variety of projects with Gratitude Generation


Volunteer time at your local Food Bank

Volunteer your time to help sort the food donations that arrive at various food bank locations. You can use that link to search for your local food bank and drop off food there as well.


Buy Blankets or make blankets for homeless + more


Jackson Chance Foundation

Donate to the Jackson Chance Foundation which has the unique mission of providing parking fee assistance to NICU families.


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