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Get on the Gift Train

Hop on board to help UCAN support Chicago's youth in need this holiday season. Your donation will provide toys, books, games, gift cards, and more for our youth and families.

Ways to Give

1. Fulfill individual wish lists ($50 each)

If you would like to fulfill an individualized wish list(s), please contact Malisha Dunigan at

2. Collect gifts

Get together with a group of friends or your family and collect gifts.  Then drop them off at the Donation Station at UCAN's Nichols Center on Saturday, December 2, between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  Light Refreshments will be served!

3. Make a monetary donation

If you prefer, make a monetary donation and we will purchase gifts for our youth and families!

4. Purchase items from our Target gift registry

Need a virtual option? Check out our Target gift registry. All items are shipped directly to UCAN.

Donation Station


UCAN Nichols Center

3605 W. Fillmore
Chicago, IL 60624

Saturday, Dec. 2
10am - 2pm

For those who fulfilled individualized wish lists or collected gifts amongst friends, please drop off gifts at the donation station.

Light refreshments will be served!

THANK YOU for spreading cheer this holiday season!

If you have any questions, contact Malisha Dunigan at or Gwendalyn Carver at

Frequently Asked Questions


How are monetary donations used for the Gift Train? 

Monetary donations are used to buy gifts and gift cards for UCAN participants. Cash is never given directly to a youth as a present. Please use the donation form above or mail a check with “Gift Train” in the memo line to:

Attn: Development Department
3605 W. Fillmore
Chicago, IL 60624


Do you accept used items?

No, not for the Gift Train. Sometimes we accept used items throughout the rest of the year for specific needs but we only accept new items for our holiday Gift Train


What are some of the programs supported by UCAN’s Gift Train?

Professional Foster Parenting, Violence Intervention and Prevention Services, Counseling and Youth Development Services, Teen Transitional Services, Alumni Services, and UCAN Academies.


Can I donate after December 2?

Absolutely!! Last minute donations always come in handy. Though with in-kind donations, we can’t guarantee all items received after Dec. 2 will be distributed before the holiday.


Who do I contact if I have more questions?

Malisha Dunigan  at

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