Quarterly Newsletter
Twenty Third Edition  

December 2015 

There are so many wonderful charities where items you donate are sold with the proceeds going to the organization. However, sometimes it's nice to know that the things you are giving will go directly to someone in need.

This newsletter lists many places where your donations will do just that. So as you clear your spaces to make them "holiday ready", please consider giving away those things you no longer need, knowing they will truly benefit the people who do!

We are lucky to have so many ways and so many worthy causes to donate to.  A true win-win -- both for ourselves and others with a fringe benefit of knowing we are doing something truly important and appreciated.

Happy Holidays and Best wishes for a wonderful season,


Bridge to Success - Their mission is to enhance employment opportunities for at-risk, low-income, no-income men, women, and young adults. Donate professional business clothing purchased in the last five years (or of timeless design) clean, in great condition, on hangers. They are accepting winter clothing and coats through February. Visit their website for items they collect during other seasons.  They are located at 1236 S. Halsted St., Chicago and accept donations by appointment only. Please
e-mail [email protected] to schedule.

Dreams Delivered -
The Woman's Club of Evanston believes that every girl in Evanston, regardless of her means, should be able to attend her senior prom.  Each spring, formal dresses, shoes, jewelry and accessories are provided free of charge to any Evanston Township High School girl.  The dresses should be "new or nearly new", preferably three years old or less, or a classic, "timeless" design. 
Donations are accepted year round at The Woman's Club of Evanston, 1702 Chicago Avenue.  Call (847) 475-3800 to arrange a drop off time. 

Dress for Success - Their mission is to offer long-lasting solutions that enable women to break the cycle of poverty. Donate women's clothing and accessories, appropriate for job interviews that are freshly cleaned, ironed and not more than 5 years old. They are currently only accepting clothing in sizes 14 and up, handbags, winter hats, gloves and scarves. Donations may be dropped-off Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am-12pm at 70 East Lake Street, Ste. 900, Chicago
Evanston School Children's Clothing Association (ESCCA) -
They provide a full wardrobe of clothing and shoes to all Evanston/Skokie District 65 K-8th grade school children in need (500 - 600 kids annually). They accept gently used clothing and coats appropriate for children grades K-8 all year at their drop box at 1500 McDaniel Rd, Evanston. (District 65 Admin. Building).

Hilda's Place Shelter -
Located at 1458 Chicago Avenue in Evanston accepts donations of men's clothing, socks and underwear from 6 - 9 pm any night of the week. 
Jewel-Osco - The grocery chain and the Chicago Bears have once again paired to collect gently used coats, gloves and hats that will be distributed through the Salvation Army in the Chicago metropolitan area.  All Jewel grocery stores have boxes available for you to drop off these items through January 3rd.  
Lake County Haven - They are a social service organization dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless women and children. They are currently accepting new or gently used clothing for women and children. Call 847- 680-1870 to schedule a time to drop off your donations and they will give you the drop off address.

Maternity Wards - Clean, gently used or new baby clothes are generally wanted at hospital maternity wards as some people do not have clothes to bring their baby home in. Call your local hospital first to make sure they are accepting donations.

Here's a picture of me dropping off a client's newborn clothes to Highland Park Hospital Maternity Ward and they were extremely grateful!

The Pacific Garden Mission - Located at 1458 S. Canal Street in Chicago, they are currently accepting clean clothing in all sizes for men, women and children. Donations are accepted between 6:30 am and 6:30 pm by their loading dock - no appointment necessary.


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Thank you for your Referrals

Each year, many of my new clients come from your referrals. Starting this year, each time you refer someone who becomes a client, you can choose a $25 gift card from either Starbucks, Amazon or Charity Choice (which makes a $25 donation in your name). Please tell your friends to make sure they mention your name when calling.  And as always, I am grateful for your sharing my name.  


Anne and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
- They use gift donations for different purposes year round. For example, children often have the chance to pick a prize after a particularly hard day or on a special occasion, such as finishing a round of treatment. For a full list of the items they'd like the most, please see their wish list. To schedule a donation drop off please contact Justyna A. Griffin at  [email protected] or call 312.227.3938. They ask that all 2015 holiday donations are scheduled for delivery by Sunday, December 20th.

Bernie's Book Bank - They deliver new and gently used children's books directly into the hands of at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age c hildren throughout Chicagoland.
Please visit their website for a complete listing of their many drop off locations. 
Toys "R" Us - The store is partnering with the Marine Toys for Tots foundation to bring joy this holiday season to less fortunate children across the county. Donate new unwrapped toys at Toys "R" Us and "Babies "R" Us through December 6th.   


Catholic Charities - Their mission is to provide anyone in need by providing compassionate, competent and professional services that strengthen and support individuals, families and communities based on the value and dignity of human life. They accept donations of gently used clothing, toiletries and small household items at St. Vincent Center at 721 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago Monday-Friday from 8am to 5 pm or at their regional offices. For furniture donations call 312-948-6796 for a pick-up.

The Chicago Chesed Fund - They are committed to helping Jewish families in crisis throughout metropolitan Chicago. They provide families with clothing, housewares, furniture, baby equipment and more, so they can live a little better and maintain their self-respect. The donation drop-off is 7045 N. Ridgeway, Lincolnwood. Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m and Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations in bags can also be placed in the after-hours drop box. Their truck collects clothing, shoes, and household items once a month from West Rogers Park, Peterson Park, Lincolnwood, Skokie and Evanston. email[email protected].
To arrange for pickup of larger items, such as furniture, or appliances or if you are located outside of the neighborhoods listed above, please call 847-679-7799 x110.

Northwestern Settlement House-Northwestern Settlement assists families and individuals in overcoming the obstacles of poverty, so that they may be empowered to lead more fulfilling and productive lives. Donations are accepted Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm at 1400 West Augusta Blvd., Chicago. Call 773-278-7471 for a furniture pick up - they are not accepting furniture until after the holidays.
Pacific Garden Mission - Located at 1458 S. Canal Street in Chicago, in addition to clothing, they are currently accepting small household items but not furniture. Donations are accepted between 6:30 am and 6:30 pm by their loading dock - no appointment necessary.
Hilda's Place - Located at 1458 Chicago Avenue in Evanston also accepts donations of small appliances (no furniture) in addition to clothing from 6 - 9 pm any night of the week.    


Lincoln Park Community Shelter - LPCS provides interim housing and social services to more than 300 people every year. Call 773-549-6111 ext. 216 to schedule an appointment to drop off your donations.
Sarah's Circle   - Sarah's Circle is a refuge for women who are homeless or in need of a safe space. Please call (773) 728-1014, ext 314 to schedule a drop-off at 4838 N. Sheridan Rd. Chicago.
Catholic Charities - In addition to the items previously listed, they also accept donations of toiletries at St. Vincent Center at 721 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago Monday-Friday from 8am to 5 pm or at their regional offices.

Northwestern Settlement House- In addition to the items previously listed, toiletry donations are accepted Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm at 1400 West Augusta Blvd., Chicago.   

About Altogether Organized


We help our clients feel calm, in control and productive in their homes and offices.  


Here's how we help:   


Home Organizing   

Make your house the haven it should be.


Organizing to Show and Sell Your Home

Help a buyer to envision living in your home. 


Moving/ Relocation Organizing 

Reduce stress and save time by being organized before you move-and when you reach your new place.


Design Consulting

Build organization into your new home or office. 


Office Organizing/Paper Organizing

Have what you need at your fingertips. 


Estate Organizing
Make a large project doable and keep only what has the most meaning.



When you're ready, we help make change possible.