Their belongings are not trash


Bags for Kids

The Association House of Chicago supports hundreds of underserved family and kids through the child welfare, foster care, family programs, etc. Recently, it has come to our attention that when kids are removed from their homes and placed in foster care, they gather their possessions to transport them in a garbage bag. Let’s make this difficult situation a little more dignified for these children.

We will collect and deliver to Association House your used or new:


messenger bags


laundry bags

travel bags

large tote bags

Drop off locations thru 1/31:

Building Blocks Toy Store

2130 W Division St, 773-235-1888

3306 N Lincoln Ave, 773-525-6200

Noteworthy Notes

3629 N Halsted St, 773-661-1333

5231 S Harper Ave, 312-608-5120

KH Photography

1001 W Webster Ave

Call ahead: 773-697-4903

Sweet Sensations Pastry

1918 W Montrose Ave, 773-275-0697

Sod Room Playspace

1454 S Michigan Ave 2nd fl, 312-922-3131

Snippet’s Mini Cuts

2154 N Clybourn Ave, 773-755-1000

3724 N Southport Ave, 773-327-6000

Purple Monkey Playroom

2040 N Western Ave, 773-772-8411

TK Photography

4353 N Western Ave

Call ahead: 847-386-1223

K Grace Childcare

2135 W Belmont Ave, 773-649-9149

The Growling Rabbit

6981 N Sheridan, 773-654-1444

Flirty Cupcakes

1030 W Taylor St, 312-852-4441

4631 N Lincoln Ave, 312-852-4441

Posture Perfect Pilates

1247 S Wabash Ave, 312-676-2981

Chicago Blue Dolphins

2222 N Elston Ave, 773-342-7250


602 Davis St, Evanston, 847-859-2312

MOORE Toys & Gadgets

107 W Front St, Wheaton, 630-480-4285

The Children’s Gift Shop

310 Happ Road, Northfield, 847-441-5975


Thank you for your generosity & support friends!

Toyshopkeeper Katherine


  • Laury

    I live in the suburbs and belong to a Congregation in Hoffman Estates. I would love to organize a drive at my temple for our members. Please contact me.

    • That’s terrific Laury! Is there a local organization near you that serves foster children? I’m sure they would LOVE bags for kids. Please reach out to me if you would like to collect for Chicago foster kids. 773-525-6200

    • Denise Ostrander

      If you organize something in Hoffman Estates, please let me know!

  • Sarah Cockerill

    What a great cause and push to help others!

    There’s also a great non-profit organization called Together We Rise – there’ mission is to put together these bags filled with some supplies to help children. That may be another option for people to get involved with?

  • april cesaretti

    Katherine – I love this and think this is great.

    do you know where I could find other foster organizations in the suburbs – I am in a Northern suburb and would love to start something like this near me. You are doing a wonderful thing.

  • Christine

    I’m curious and maybe you know. When someone comes to transport the child, a DCFS worker, etc. if the policy is to use a garbage bag, will the child/ case worker be “allowed” to use the new bag. I know these rules/systems are sometimes hard to undo. If the form says “use a garbage bag,” they are going to use the garbage bag, right?

  • Melissa

    I dropped off suitcases for donation at Purple Monkey yesterday. Would I be able to get a donation form for tax purposes?

  • Cynthia

    I didn’t realize the expiration on this project: it’s February, and I have a large batch of bags from several people. Is there anywhere that I can still donate them?

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