CHICAGO — Thousands of migrants from Texas need winter gear, toiletries and other essentials, and city leaders are asking Chicagoans to pitch in.
The city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications’ website details how Chicagoans can donate and volunteer to support the hundreds of refugees who have arrived in Chicago in recent weeks.
Chicagoans can buy new items off an Amazon Wish List compiled by Instituto del Progreso Latino. You can then drop off items at ward and city offices.
Items range from coloring books for less than $5 to sneakers for about $70.
The most urgently needed items:
- New clothing for adults, including winter clothes.
- Men’s sizes small, medium and large. Medium is particularly needed.
- Women’s sizes small, medium and large. Medium is particularly needed.
- New men’s underwear
- New women’s underwear
- New women’s sports bras
- Long-sleeve shirts: men, women, children, unisex
- Sweatshirts/sweaters: men, women, children, unisex
- Sweatpants: men, women, children, unisex
- Pants: men, women, children
- Socks: men, women, children, unisex
- Closed-toe gym shoes: infants, boys, girls, men and women
- Winter coats: men, women, children, infants
Only new items will be accepted at this time, city officials said. No food donations will be accepted.
Other needed items:
- New hygiene kit items: toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shampoo
- Feminine hygiene products
- Preference for sanitary pads and pantyliners
- Reusable bags, such as duffle bags and suitcases
- Bath towels: large towels, hand towels, wash cloths
- Baby bottles
- Baby carriers
- Baby formula
- Vaseline and diaper ointment
- Baby wipes
- Nail clippers
- Pack n’ plays
- Ace bandages
- Antibacterial cream
- Antifungal cream
- Band-aids: all sizes
- Calamine lotion
- Calcium antacid, such as Tums
- First aid tape
- Heartburn medication, such as Famotidine
- Hydrocortisone cream
- Toys and activity books
- New clothing for children: 6 months to teens
- Underwear for children and teens
Residents should check the hours of ward offices to make sure they are open for donations.
- Ald. Sophia King (4th), 435 E. 35th St.
- Ald. Sue Garza (10th), 10500 S. Ewing Ave.
- Ald. George Cardenas (12th), City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., room 300
- Ald. Marty Quinn (13th), 6500 S. Pulaski Road
- Ald. Michael Rodriguez (22nd), 2500 S. St. Louis Ave.
- Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th), 2242 S. Damen Ave.
- Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th), 2511 W. Division St.
- Ald. Ariel Reboyras (30th), 3559 N. Milwaukee Ave.
- Ald. Felix Cardona (31st), 4606 W. Diversey Ave.
- Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33rd), 3001 W. Irving Park Road
- Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th), 2934 N. Milwaukee Ave.
- Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36th), 6560 W. Fullerton Ave., suite 118-A
- Ald. Emma Mitts (37th), 4924 W. Chicago Ave.
- Ald. Samantha Nugent (39th), 4200 W. Lawrence Ave.
- Ald. Andre Vasquez (40th), 5620 N. Western Ave.
- Ald. Timmy Knudsen (43rd), 2523 N. Halsted St.
- Ald. James Cappleman (46th), 4544 N. Broadway
- Ald. Matt Martin (47th), 4243 N. Lincoln Ave.
- Ald. Harry Osterman (48th), 5533 N. Broadway
- Ald. Maria Hadden (49th), 1447 W. Morse Ave.
- Ald. Debra Silverstein (50th), 2949 W. Devon Ave.
- City Clerk Anna Valencia, City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., first floor
- State Sen. Ram Villivalam, 3851 W. Devon Ave.
Cook County Health Foundation also is taking monetary donations to support families. Money will go toward diapers and baby supplies, toiletries, shoes, school supplies and other needs, according to the website. You can also buy off its Amazon Wish List.
Local shelters cannot accept walk-up volunteers because of security concerns, so city officials urge people looking to volunteer to fill out a registration form online.
More than 3,000 individuals have arrived in the city since Aug. 31, after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott began busing them out of the state in protest of federal immigration policies. Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Gov. JB Pritzker have blasted Abbott, saying he has provided limited information on the asylum seekers’ move and is “sowing chaos.”
Residents can email DONATIONS@cityofchicago.org with other questions.
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