Luggage for Freedom

Luggage for Freedom is an initiative of NCJW Chicago North Shore Section. Its goal is to provide a sense of dignity to women who are staying at and transitioning out of domestic violence and homeless shelters, by giving them a suitcase packed with some personal and household items. To that end, Luggage for Freedom provides gently used luggage packed with new towels, new sheets, and new toiletries to women leaving local domestic violence shelters to start their lives anew. We also provide backpacks filled with books and stuffed animals for children. We pack an average of approximately 200 suitcases and over 100 backpacks and deliver them to 9 local shelters. Luggage for Freedom has an incredible ability to directly impact women and children in a positive way, at a time when they are most vulnerable.

Email [email protected] to learn more and to become a part of Luggage for Freedom.

To make a monetary donation to Luggage for Freedom, click here and select Luggage for Freedom from the drop down menu. You can also help by purchasing items from our Amazon Wish List by using this link:

We also accept donations of gently used luggage, unopened toiletries (small sizes preferred), new towels and new linens.  You can also create  dignity bags and fleece blankets to use at our next packing day.  We have collection sites in Highland Park and Deerfield.  For specific information, please email [email protected]Please note that our Northbrook office address is actually just a “virtual office”. We are unable to accept item donations at that address.

View our Events for our upcoming  next Luggage for Freedom collection and packing dates.