Gifts In-Kind

Thank you to the many churches, community groups and individuals that helped to make this holiday season complete for the children served by Lutheran Social Services of Illinois. Many of the children, families, and individuals we serve are in need of life’s basic necessities. Throughout the year, LSSI receives assistance from generous friends to provide both everyday items and special gifts for the people served by our programs.

Here are some examples of how you can help:

  • Donate backpacks and school supplies - such as pens, pencils, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, construction paper, rulers, glue sticks, safety scissors, pencil cases or bags - for LSSI's annual back-to-school drive in August for foster children in the Chicago area.
  • Donate toiletries for Connections, LSSI's Prisoner and Family Ministry program in the Chicago area that assists previously incarcerated women who are re-entering the community.
  • Donate toiletries, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, brushes, shampoo, soap, washcloths and children's new pajamas and underwear, for use in “ditty bags” given to foster children. Travel-sized toiletries are welcomed.
  • Donate gift cards from Target, Walmart, Jewel Osco and Mariano’s in $5, $10 and $20 denominations for emergency funds distributed by the programs.

For more information, call 847.635.4600.