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A Warm Welcome

Helping refugees and immigrants adjust to Chicagoland winters

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Many families arriving are coming from warmer climates and for some families, this is the first time they will see snow!  While this can be very exciting, we all know that the winter cold can be brutal, especially for our new neighbors.

You can make a difference that is felt this year by extending a warm welcome. Here are two ways to make that happen:

Donate Clothing

  • Winter coats (adult)
  • Gloves
  • Scarves

*Gift cards to Walmart, Target, and Amazon will also allow parents to purchase snow pants and boots for their students. (please mail gift cards to World Relief Chicagoland, 191 S Gary Ave. Ste 130. Carol Stream, IL 60188)

Give Toward Housing

Having a warm home is a vital need for families new the United States. Donate toward finding permanent housing options for newly arriving families. 

Drop-Off Instructions for Winter Clothing


Please contact Melanie Rohla at or (630) 580-5062 to coordinate a time to drop off donated items at the World Relief office building located at 191 S. Gary Ave., Carol Stream, IL 60188

Chicago office drop-offs in Albany Park MUST BE ARRANGED. Please set up a time to drop off your donation, and you will receive instructions.

*Looking to engage your church or community? Here is a downloadable and poster and postcard.

**Visit the donations page to learn more about other needed items to serve refugee and immigrant families.**

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