How To Help A Child At Christmas

The Criminal Justice Department is working with Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM) and Cabrini Green Legal Aid to provide support for children whose mothers are in prison during this holiday season.
St Nicholas giving children gifts
Our first project involves filling the holiday wish lists of 13 children from four families. We are conducting the project primarily through an Amazon gift registry whereby donors can purchase the gifts or a gift card and have mailed directly to the criminal justice students to wrap and deliver. Each child has made two gift requests. We have four children with general requests (i.e., “something girly”) that cannot be accommodated by the Amazon wish list registry.

If you would like to sponsor a child and personally fill their gift list please contact Tana McCoy at We ask that the gifts be delivered to Gage, Room 200 by December 20th.

If you would prefer to select a gift from Amazon and have it mailed, please use the link below. We ask that gifts be mailed by December 15th.

On December 17th CLAIM is taking 70 children to visit their mothers at Logan Prison, 200 miles south of Chicago. This distance has made regular visits to their mothers very difficult. Our second project involves helping make this visit a positive experience for the children. We have established an additional registry to purchase knit caps, gloves, and scarves to keep the children, their caregivers and volunteers warm on the trip. They also need some materials to keep the younger children busy (crayons, etc.). They would need these items ordered by this Thursday, December 8th. Here is the link to contribute to the children’s visit to see their mothers:

Please email Tana McCoy, with any questions. Donation tax receipts will be provided upon request. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

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