When you donate gifts such as those listed below, you provide little extras that can make a child feel special and loved. All items listed below should be new unless otherwise stated. To make a donation, please contact us at development@lydiahome.org or call (773) 653-2200.

Gift Cards (used for birthdays, clothing, and household needs)

Gift cards are a huge blessing to us. They allow us to go shopping with our kids and teach them about budgeting and making good decisions about what clothes to wear.  It also allows kids to explore their own style and the freedom to become themselves.
  • Wal-Mart
  • Target
  • Visa general gift cards
  • Amazon
  • Kohl’s
  • McDonald’s


  • African-American hair products such as TCB Perm/Pink Moisturizing Lotion and Prostyle Gel by Ampro (available at Sally Beauty Salon)
  • Feminine products (sanitary pads and liners, always with wings; no tampons)
  • Deodorant: solids with mild scents (nothing spicy or powdery); older boys in particular need extra-strong deodorant brands
  • Toothpaste
  • Bath-size soaps (e.g., Lever 2000, Dove, Caress)

Dorm Life Necessities

  • Women’s athletic socks (all sizes)
  • Men’s athletic socks (small, medium and large; black Nike or Adidas preferred)
  • Men’s white v-neck and black v-neck shirts (small, medium, large & extra-large)
  • Women’s white cami-style tank tops (small, medium and large)
  • Underwear (sizes available upon request)
  • White polo shirts and navy blue pants (for school uniform)
  • Men’s deodorant
  • Body spray for men and women
  • Hair accessories
  • Twin-size bed linens (sheets and heavy blankets; no comforters)
  • Batteries (especially AA)

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