Teachers, students, artists, and creative types know how to take used and forgotten items and put them to good use! Check out our list of materials we accept and if it is clean, safe, and still usable then please visit when we are open or reach out to schedule a drop-off. If you have items to donate that are not on our list feel free to contact us about those items too.

Reach us at 312.373.0185 or


Happy Kids with Books

Picture books

Chapter books and novels (Elementary to High School)

Textbooks (K-College, 2003 or newer)


School Supply
  • ​​Colored pencils

  • Crayons

  • Glue (school, craft, sticks, super)

  • Erasers

  • Highlighters

  • Manilla folders and shipping envelopes

  • Markers (including "Sharpies" and dry erase)

  • Notebooks (spiral, bound, lined, unlined)

  • Padded mailers

  • Paper (copy, lined, graph, construction, cardstock tissue)

  • Posterboard and presentation boards

  • Pencils

  • Pens

  • Pocket folders

  • Rulers and protractors

  • Staples, staplers, staple removers

  • Tape ("Scotch", packing, washi)

  • Tape dispensers


Crafts Supplies
  • Beads

  • Buttons

  • Coloring utensils

  • Construction paper

  • Craft supplies of all types

  • "Cricut" and related materials

  • Crochet hooks

  • Drying racks

  • Easels

  • Fabric and textiles (4"x6" or larger)

  • Knitting needles

  • Leather and vinyl scraps (4"x6" or larger)

  • Looms

  • Paint, paintbrushes, related tools

  • Paper (scrapbook, tissue, construction, cardstock)

  • Pipe cleaners

  • Popsicle sticks

  • Screen printing materials

  • Sewing machines

  • Sketchbooks and paper

  • Tissue paper

  • Velcro

  • Wire

  • Yarn, thread, string

  • Zippers


office supplies
  • Bread tags

  • Crayons (broken or loose)

  • Eye glasses and cases

  • Film canisters (35mm)

  • Keys

  • Packing air pillows

  • Pill bottles (cleaned)

  • Printer cartridges (used)

  • Reusable grocery/shopping bags that are unusable in current condition (ripped, broken handle)

  • Spools

  • Washable markers (dried out)