event details

We organized Freebies for Families in memory of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, a young mom from Pilsen who was tragically killed while trying to get some free baby clothes via a Facebook connection. 
Guardians in need - and those wishing to unload gently used baby and kid items - can safely drop off, pick up or both at this monthly event. All leftover donations benefit local organizations such as Metro Family Services and Cradles 2 Crayons.
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we're on pause.

For everyone's safety, Freebies has been canceled for the remainder of 2020. When we resume, we'll follow the plans and precautions listed below.


Winter Location:

Activo Fitness

6018 S Pulaski Rd.




Entrants will be let in 5-10 at a time, and timed for a 20 minute visit.


  • Must stand 6' apart 

  • Must keep mask over nose AND mouth

  • No public restroom available

  • Entrants will be let in 5-10 at a time

  • Visits timed for 20 minutes per group

At booths

  • Masks will be required at all times, over both mouth and nose

  • Hand sanitizer must be used at each booth

  • No more than 2 at a booth at a time


ask SWC, Not the venue.

Please don't call the location for details. The staff aren't on hand during the event and have no information.

We can't pick up donations.

We have no storage available to us, and cannot pick up your donation in between events.

when & where

Freebies is typically held on the 4th Saturday of every month, currently at United Credit Union, 4444 S. Pulaski, in the south parking lot.

donations not accepted after 12pm.

Once the event starts, we stop taking donations. Arrive between 10 & 11am for drop-off. Your donations are tax-deductible as well.

Donation Drop off Process:

Please wash and sort by size all donations prior to drop off.

Do not have children drop off without an adult present.

Small Strokes



  • Used underwear or cloth diapers; Preteen, teen or adult clothing in any condition

  • Food that is half-used or with a broken seal; used pacifiers or teethers

  • Car seats that are past the expiration date

  • Puzzles, toys, LEGOs, Barbies or stuffed animals


  • Infant and toddler clothing, coats and shoes with NO STAINS OR TEARS

  • Fresh diapers, sealed wipes, jars of baby food, formula or cereal

  • Gear, such as high chairs, strollers, pack-n-plays, Bumbos

  • Books


June 2019

Our first Freebies for Families was held at the library...which we quickly outgrew!

June 2019

Our first Freebies for Families was held at the library...which we quickly outgrew!

jan 2020

With almost a year of Freebies events behind us, we're expanding to offer much more to the community.

The Southwest Collective is a 501(c)(3) organization.

4444 S. Pulaski Rd., Chicago, IL 60632

(708) 740-8914