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October 25th, 2015 at 8:03 pm

Do you want to help the DC metro area homeless?  Is your time limited due to work (billable hours anyone?), law school and other studies, or other commitments and you only have a few spare hours on a cold winter weekend?  Do enjoy spending time with others during the holiday season who are joyful and also like to help others in need?

Whether you have a few hours to spare or more, we have the perfect opportunity for you.  GFTH is holding our annual used clothing drive again this year — this time in 2015 from December 4 (Friday) to December 6 (Sunday).  Our drives are successful because of all of the wonderful volunteers who help us each year, and we are in need of volunteers once again this year.  Volunteers typically come from area law firms and other legal organizations, as well as law firms and vendors.  We also welcome volunteers from all other corners of the DC metro area, including but not limited to community groups, religious organizations, non-profits, government, homeless services providers and individuals.  Adults and children of all ages are welcome.  No experience is necessary!

The Portals III at 1201 Maryland Avenue SW in downtown DC (metro accessible and near plenty of street and garage parking) is generously donating space to GFTH again for this year’s drive.  We need help with a variety of activities during the weekend, to include receiving clothing donations at our curbside drop-off, sorting and bagging used clothing, and delivering donations to area shelters and other beneficiaries.  We especially are in need of drivers (those with SUVs, trucks and vans are much appreciated) and their passengers who can make the deliveries since GFTH only can make deliveries during the weekend and we often reach 65+ shelters in DC, Maryland and Virginia.  Deliveries are a special part of the weekend as well for volunteers because it is a unique opportunity to see where they donations go and the appreciation from the beneficiaries.

Online volunteer sign up is now open for the GFTH annual used clothing drive right over here.  We look forward to seeing you at the drive!

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October 18th, 2015 at 8:01 pm

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Dates:  2015:  December 4 (Friday), (Saturday) 5 and 6 (Sunday)

Location:  Portals III, 1201 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington DC (the same generous donor of our used clothing drive in the recent past years)

What:  GFTH receives gently used clothing donations during the drive weekend only.  Prior to the drive, our board and leadership council members and volunteers contact 60+ area shelters and other organizations who serve the DC area homeless to find out who they service and what type of clothing meets their greatest needs.  This is so that those organizations receive used clothing donations that are most needed.  During the weekend of the drive, our volunteers help sort the clothing by categories and deliver thousands of bags of donations to 60+ Washington, DC area shelters and other organizations to provide services to assist those experiencing homelessness.  This is a once a year opportunity to spend a few hours with other joyful volunteers during the holiday season to help local men, women and children in need.  Information about our clothing past clothing drives can be found here and here.

Who:  While we primarily rely on help from the DC area legal community (law firms, law departments, non-profits, other law organizations, court reporter firms and other law firm vendors, and government) to make our clothing drive a great success each year, we also generously receive help from non-profits, volunteer organiations, religious organizations, community organizations, corporations and small businesses, homeless services providers, univesities, families, friends, all individuals.  We are in need of anyone to collect used clothing donations now through the kickoff of the used clothing drive.  Also, we will need volunteers at the drive to help sort, bag and deliver the used clothing donations.  Online volunteer sign-up will be posted soon and group signups may contact Ceceile Patterson @

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March 22nd, 2015 at 5:50 pm

Gifts for the Homeless conducted our annual Used Clothing Drive during the first weekend of December 2014.  We delivered more than 3,700 bags of good, used clothing, blankets and other necessities to nearly 60 shelters and homeless service providers in the greater-Washington, DC area.  100 law firms and other organizations conducted their own collections and delivered them to GFTH at the Portals III Complex in Southwest D.C., a location made available thanks to the generosity of Republic Properties Corp.  Over the weekend, 400 volunteers came together to sort, bag and deliver, with support from Office Movers/The Kane Company, Capital Party Rentals, and Wilson-Epes Printing, which provided the equipment and logistical support to make our sorting and delivery effort possible.  Thanks to all our supporters, donors and volunteer – we have truly “Made the Winter a Little Bit Warmer” for countless homeless men, women and children this holiday season.


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December 23rd, 2014 at 8:22 am

The 2014 GFTH Used Clothing Drive may be over – until December 4-6, 2015 (SAVE THE DATE!) – but the need in the greater Washington, D.C. community continues on.  If you have used clothing that you wish to donate, we urge you to make arrangements to donate it directly to one or more of the following organizations, each of which accepts used clothing donations year ‘round.


Interfaith Clothing Center
751 Twinbrook Parkway
(Broom Middle School)
Rockville, MD 201851
Site Manager: Arneris Leon
Tuesday – Friday: 9 am – 4:30 pm & Saturday: 9 am – 2 pm

Mission of Love
6180 Old Central Avenue
Capitol Heights, MD  20743
301-333-4440 x408
Warehouse Supervisor: Willie Parker

District of Columbia

Martha’s Table/Martha’s Outfitters
2114 14th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C.  20009
Clothing Coordinator:  Meaza Yalleu

Bread for the City
1640 Good Hope Road, S.E.
Washington, DC 20020
(202) 265-2400
Coordinator:  Kris Jensen

Central Union Mission
65 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Contact:  Chaplin Ted Ross drive/

Northern Virginia

Arlington Presbyterian Church
“Ronda Gilliam Room”
3507 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA  22204
Clothing Bank Coordinator: Cathy McCabe

Good Shepherd Alliance
20921 Davenport Drive
Sterling VA 20165

Please note that Gifts for the Homeless provides new and used clothing to approximately 70 shelters and homeless service organizations in the greater DC area.  A full list of the recipients we serve is HERE.  While we encourage donors to support ALL our recipient organizations in whatever way we can, in our shared, grass-roots effort to clothe the homeless, we are keenly aware that most of them have limited space in which to store donations.  We have found, however, that the seven organizations listed above generally have ample space.  But just to be safe – call or email ahead to tell them you are coming!

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December 14th, 2014 at 9:08 pm

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