Basic Needs

UN SDGs: 2

In our communities around the world, many families find themselves unable to meet their basic needs. At TJX, we understand the importance of a warm meal, clean clothing, and a safe place to sleep. This is why we are passionate about supporting nonprofit organizations that help fill these critical basic needs for vulnerable families.

In the U.S., TJX supports Cradles to Crayons, which serves children from birth through age 12 living in homeless shelters or low-income situations, and provides them with high quality, essential items they need to thrive. In addition to TJX’s financial support, we run Associate engagement programs with Cradles to Crayons to give our Associates the opportunity to volunteer their time.

Since 2015, our U.S. retail chains have teamed up each Thanksgiving season for an in-store fundraising campaign to support families in need of food assistance during the holidays. In Fiscal 2023, through this campaign, funds from our U.S. Foundation and customer donations were provided to Feeding America for distribution to 200 food banks. According to Feeding America, this translated into an estimated 25 million meals served to those in need.

Since the launch of the Find Your Stride initiative in 2019, TJX Canada has embarked on a mission to help vulnerable women gain the skills and support they need to thrive in life. Two of our key partners are Dress for Success Canada and the Women in Need Society (WINS). TJX helps Dress for Success Canada by providing professional attire, along with other support, to help women in need thrive in work and in life. In Calgary, WINS serves as a homegrown thrift charity; through its House to Home (H2H) program, women in poverty and their families can obtain basic needs support through a network of more than 80 partnered agencies.

T.K. Maxx and Homesense in the U.K. have been partners of Comic Relief, which is a charity with a vision of a just world, free from poverty. Comic Relief funds hundreds of organizations that support people going through the toughest times of their lives. TJX Europe is an official retailer for Comic Relief U.K.'s much-loved fundraising campaign, Red Nose Day. Since 2005, we have raised over $36 million through selling official Red Nose Day merchandise in our T.K. Maxx and Homesense stores and through the generosity of our Associates and our customers. Funds raised have helped 1.7 million children and young people in the U.K. and across the world. Additionally, since 1997, TJX Europe has partnered with Enable Ireland to support children and young people with disabilities, as well as their families, to achieve maximum independence, choice, and inclusion in their communities.

In Fiscal 2023, the T.K. Maxx and Homesense Foundation helped to support people coping with increases in the cost of living by donating to Comic Relief’s On the Breadline Appeal. The T.K. Maxx and Homesense Foundation also donated to Enable Ireland to fund a six-month Dublin-based pilot program to support families of children with disabilities, which have been particularly impacted by the cost-of-living crisis.

FY23 Highlights

30 million

meals provided


shelters nights provided

1 million

units of product donated

Making A Difference: Providing Warmth, Confidence, & Hope

TJX has supported Operation Warm, a national nonprofit that serves children in need through the gift of brand-new, high-quality coats and shoes, since 2003. Together, we have served over 12,500 children through full-service Associate volunteer events and direct shipments of additional coats and shoes to nonprofit partners and high-need elementary schools. T.J. Maxx and Marshalls in the U.S. teamed up with Operation Warm to act on its mission of providing emotional and physical warmth, confidence to socialize and succeed, and hope for a brighter future through basic need programs and community resources for underserved children.

Finding the Right Fit

In Fiscal 2023, our 19th year of partnership with Operation Warm, TJX Associates volunteered and provided coats to underserved students at three elementary schools in Massachusetts.

The Associate volunteer event not only brought team members together, but also helped them feel more connected to their community and TJX’s core values. A TJX volunteer reflected, “I will remember this event more than any other volunteer activity I've participated in because it gave us the opportunity to actually meet and interact with the people this was directly helping. I'll never forget the faces of the kids who couldn't believe the coats were free and theirs to keep.”

- 2022 TJX Volunteer

Our Support Includes:


  • Cradles to Crayons
  • Greater Boston Food Bank

T.J. Maxx:

  • Feeding America
  • Save the Children


  • Alice House (Canada)
  • Dress for Success (Canada)
  • Feeding America (U.S.)
  • Women in Need Society (Canada)


  • Feeding America


  • Feeding America


  • Alice House
  • Dress for Success
  • Women in Need Society


  • Alice House (Canada)
  • Comic Relief (U.K.)
  • Dress for Success (Canada)
  • Feeding America (U.S.)
  • Women in Need Society (Canada)

T.K. Maxx:

  • Children for a Better World (Germany)
  • Comic Relief (U.K.)

Updated April 2023