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October 15th, 2016 at 8:08 pm




Fall is here and winter is coming, so it’s time once again to begin preparations for our annual Used Clothing Drive.  GFTH is a leading provider of clothing and other necessary items to homeless service providers, and the only organization that focuses the attention of the Washington, DC-metro area legal community on this acute problem, on this scale.

Last year, with support from the DC metro-area law community and at large, over 300 volunteers came together to sort approximately 3,000 bags of good, used clothing, blankets and other items and delivered them to 60 area organizations that provided direct service to homeless men, women and families.

Help is needed again this year!  This is what you can do right now:


Anyone can get the ball rolling and hold their own “feeder” clothing drive now.  It can take place at your employer’s office, your office building (some office buildings will allow a bin to be placed in the lobby), school, apartment building, church or anwyere else where there is a safe spot to collect donations.  We only accept clothing, blankets, sleeping bags, sheets and towels, and travel toiletries.  As we only can receive donations during the drive weekend, all donations would need to be stored at your site.

Clothing Drop-off:   Friday, December 2, 2016  8:00 am – 6:30 pm  (Clothing will also be received from 8 am to noon on Saturday, December 3rd).   Location:  Portals III Building, 1200 Maryland Avenue, SW (same as the last 10   years).  We will be camped out on the street level of the D Street side, between 12th and 13th Streets.  There’s even an easy-drive-up curb lane and volunteers to unload your vehicles.

You can feel free to create your own signs to advertise the collection effort, but please also feel free to contact if you would like to receive sample flyers and emails that you can customize to rally your law firm, office, school, religious organization, non-profit, other organizations, etc.


Save the date for the drive andd consider volunteering during one of the days.  Volunteers help sort,  bag, and transport clothing at the drive site.  We also need volunteers to help deliver clothing and other  donations directly to the homeless service providers during the weekend of the drive, where it is not uncommon to meet those who you help serve.

Volunteer Days:  Friday, December 2, 2016 (all day); Saturday, December 3, 2016 (all day); and Sunday, December   4, 2016 (only a limited number of slots in the morning and early afternoon only).  Sign up at right at this website, on the Volunteer page, AFTER November 15th.


In addition to collecting clothes, or if you won’t be able to organize a feeder drive, we encourage everyone to  spread the word that monetary donations are needed.  What GFTH does with its public donations is truly remarkable.   We bulk-purchase new clothing at incredibly low prices to fill the wish lists of shelters and other service providers whose needs cannot be met through used clothing donations.  Here are a few examples of how monetary donations are put to good use:

·         $25 purchases three dozen pairs of men’s briefs

·         $35 purchases one dozen men’s heavy thinsulate-lined gloves

·         $55 buys one dozen hooded sweatshirts

·         $100 buys one dozen fleece blankets

·         $250 purchases five dozen sets of children’s thermal underwear

More details on donations is right here.

If your law firm, office, school, religious organization, non-profit, or other organiztion is in for the 2016 GFTH Used Clothing Drive, please fill-out our short, five-question, survey here: 2016 Used Clothing Drive Participant Organization Survey!

We look forward to seeing you at the drive!

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December 1st, 2015 at 7:38 am

Republic Properties again serves as a gracious donor of space for the Gifts for the Homeless annual used clothing drive from Friday, December 4 through Sunday, December 6, 2015.  Thank you Republic Properties — we appreciate your generous support for an important cause in the DC metro community.

The street address is 1201 Maryland Avenue, SW (near the Mandarin Oriental hotel and DC museums).  The entrance to the building (and where clothing drop-offs can be made) is on D Street, SW, between 12th and 13th streets.

We encourage volunteers to use public transportation to get to the drive unless they also plan to help deliver donations to our homeless services provider recipients during the course of the drive weekend and can bring trucks, vans, SUVs, pick-ups and other utility vehicles.


As you can see, the used clothing drive site is only a few blocks from two metro stations (orange, blue, yellow, green and silver lines).  You can view the exact location on the map below, or click here for directions.

Clothing Drive Location


Parking information will be updated as it becomes available.  Generally, metered street parking is available nearby the sorting site and paid garage parking (at the personal expense of drivers) is also available.

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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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