Holiday Schedule: Christmas & New Year’s

Giving Tree and RefugeeOne: Now THROUGH Jan 2019: 

It’s not the size of the tree that matters.  Our Giving tree might be tiny but it does a LOT of good!

The Giving Tree is up at Niyama Yoga now and for all of December and into January. Niyama has always found ways to do some good, whether it’s helping small-scale local charities like Curt’s Cafe and Syd Rocks, helping the Greater Chicago Food Depository on Thanksgiving or this. Seeing one community coming together and helping other communities has always been something that’s stayed with Niyama.

Soooo, if you’re curious: Next time you’re at the studio, grab a tag of a refugee family in need.  RefugeeOne works to help global refugess resettle here, finding them work, housing, job skills and more.  This year’s refugees are from Congo, Burma, Ukraine and more.  Most aren’t used to what Chicago winters are like.

Grab a tag, provide a gift/gifts.

You can be as creative as you want with the gift.   Coloring books, crayons/markers, puzzles (age appropriate) , picture books (age appropriate) , toys (age appropriate) are great for the kids…

Hats, Scarves, Gloves are also great to make sure they’re prepared for winter.

BUT, this year RefugeeOne is also suggesting “Bathroom” and/or “Cleaning” gift baskets, as families are on foodstamps which do not always cover items we take for granted.  Here are just a few suggestions/ideas:

Bathroom basket:

  • Bath towels
  • Washcloths
  • Hand towels
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, lotion etc.

Cleaning basket:

  • 10 qt. bucket
  • Broom
  • String mop
  • Sponges
  • Scouring pads
  • Cleaning supplies


Or, if you would rather not go shopping, monthly CTA passes can be donated to RefugeeOne as most families rely on CTA for transportation to and from work.  TARGET Gift Cards (as those allow families to get a range of needed items) are also good ideas if you’re not sure.

Please contact Helen Sweitzer if you have need more information.

Bring it back, wrapped, and WITH the tag.
We’ll get it to RefugeeOne to be delivered back to the fmaily.