Chi Holiday Bazaar


CHI’s 5th Annual Holiday Bazaar on Dec. 4 Brings Season of Giving to Our Guests

We need volunteers and donated items to make 2019’s Bazaar a success!

Please mark your calendar for Wednesday, December 4, 2019 for CHI’s 5th Annual Holiday Bazaar and join other volunteers working together to make this event a meaningful day in the holiday season for our guests.

As you know, the guests of The Chicago Help Initiative have little spare cash with which to purchase gifts for friends and family at holiday time. The bazaar provides them with an opportunity to shop and experience the joy of the Season of Giving. We sell to our dinner guests a variety of gently-used gift items donated by CHI volunteers. Every item is priced very affordably, with nothing costing more than 25 cents.

We have gathered many useful and beautiful items to sell. But we still need to accumulate additional goods to make the sale a success.

Donate Items

Please look around your home for appropriate items you no longer want and are willing to donate. We especially need more men’s items. What we need:

* Unopened perfumes, soaps or fancy toiletries (these items are very popular)

* Jewelry (We have already accumulated lots of lovely pieces)

* Wallets and small purses

* Small decorative pieces [for example, vases, candy dishes, ornaments, etc.]

* Small housewares [example, hand towels, napkins, kitchen gadgets]

*Stationary, greeting cards

* Card or board games

* Children’s toys

* Clothing (limited to scarves, ties, hats, sweaters, etc.)

All items should be clean and in good condition. Please deliver your donations to the dining room at Catholic Charities, 721 N. Lasalle St., Chicago, on the morning of December 4th. We will provide gift-wrapping on site and welcome donations of stylish shopping bags for guests to carry their beautifully wrapped gifts.

Volunteer at the Bazaar

We need volunteers beginning at 9:00 am on December 4th to help sort, price and organize donations as they come in. We also need volunteers to work the sales tables from 3:00-6:00 p.m.

If you would like to volunteer or donate items, please email Jean Eisenman, CHI Program Committee at

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