Give Back with an Outfit Pack

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Winter is incredibly challenging for many families we serve, and most of the requests Cradles to Crayons will receive include an order for an Outfit Pack – a week’s worth of matched outfits, new socks, underwear, and pajamas.

The Give Back with an Outfit Pack program lets you and your family, friends, and colleagues go shopping for desperately needed winter layers for children in need.

How does it work?

Below are some examples of Outfit Packs that children of certain ages would need.  We provide Outfit Packs for children age 0-12 years old, so packs for any age in between is needed!

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Example Outfit Pack for a boy, age 5:

Size: 6

  • 2 pairs of pants
  • 4 shirts
  • 1 sweater or sweatshirt
  • 1 pair of pajamas
  • 1 package of size M socks
  • 1 package of underwear, size 6
  • Winter hat and gloves
  • Optional: Belt

Example Outfit Pack for a girl, age 2:

Size: 3T

  • 2 pairs of pants
  • 4 shirts
  • 1 sweater or sweatshirt
  • 1 pair of pajamas
  • 1 package of size S socks
  • 1 package of underwear, size 3T
  • Optional: Accessories

Our Gear Up For Winter Program aims to distribute 6,000 Outfit Packs to Chicagoland children this winter.  Get everyone involved this giving season and directly support the children in our community:

  • Shop with your children and teach them the value of philanthropy, and giving back.  Let them pick out the outfits.  Or, add the extra items to your shopping cart next time you go shopping for your own children.
  • Host a seasonal party and ask guests to bring items to pack an Outfit Pack (or 2!)
  • Challenge your coworkers to see who can create the cutest outfits, or who can create the most Outfit Packs! Get the whole office involved.

Delivering your completed Outfit Pack can be done at any of our drop off locations around the Chicagoland area, or by contacting Catherine at (312) 967-1521.