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August 24th, 2014 at 8:28 pm

Brrrrr, the Capital Weather Gang has predicted that the Washington, DC metro area may experience another incredibly cold winter weather season, which means warm winter clothing needs for the area homeless may be on the rise.  Gifts for the Homeless will answer that call with our annual used clothing drive being held from Friday, December 5 through Sunday, December 7, 2014.

We are in need of veteran and new donors and volunteers to join us to help collect, sort and distribute massive amounts of used clothing to the many area shelters that we serve. Our drive will run similar to past drives (last year we collected and distributed nearly 5,000 large bags of used clothing to over 60 area shelters and other homeless service providers), so please check out our FAQs and past drive articles on the “Used Clothing Drive” page on the drop-down menu of our “Clothing Drive” tab on the top of our website for more info.

It’s never too early to get started on preparing for the drive, especially as the weather starts to cool down and we begin to transition to warmer clothing.  Here are some ways that you can help right now:

  • Head over here to sign-up online to volunteer for the 2014 Gifts for the Homeless annual used clothing drive.  We appreciate as much time as you can to volunteer, whether for a few hours, one day or even two or three days.  Volunteer opportunities range from sorting and bagging clothing donations to helping deliver them directly to the organizations that we serve in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
  • Begin to look through your closets and drawers (and anywhere else) to see what you can designate for our donations.  We unfortunately cannot accept used clothing donations prior to the drive weekend, but hope you can tag the clothing or find some space to set it aside until donation time comes around during the first weekend of December.  Examples of items that we accept are on our FAQ page larger sized men’s clothing is always high in demand.
  • Start telling your employers (including law firms and other legally-focused organizations), coworkers, friends, family, neighbors and others who you know about the drive, especially that we are in need of clothing donations and volunteers and how they can get started.

We are excited to hold the drive again this year!  Thanks for your dedication and support!

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December 10th, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Check out our pictures to see if you made any of them and to get a good glimpse of the inner and outer workings of the 2013 used clothing drive (December 6-8)!

 

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December 5th, 2013 at 7:56 am

Although these maps note that they are from 2008, they remain the same for this year’s drive.  They will give you a better sense of the building where the drive is located for planning your arrival to the site.  A color street view map is in one of the older posts further below to give you a birds eye view of the sorting location.

 

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December 5th, 2013 at 6:30 am

While our sorting site will be open throughout the weekend as indicated in an older post below, in order to best meet the needs of area homeless shelters and providers, we would greatly appreciate that all donations be dropped-off at the sorting site either anytime on this coming Friday or Saturday morning.  It sometimes can be more challenging to find a home for donations dropped-off later on Saturday or Sunday.  Thanks for all of your efforts and support!

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December 3rd, 2013 at 9:25 pm

dropoff3While we encourage all of our volunteers to use public transportation (see older post a few further down below) to join us at the drive this coming weekend, we know that it’s not always convenient or accessible to all or that there may be other good reasons to drive, i.e., to bring donations, help make deliveries, or bring a carful of volunteers.  No worries, as the parking garage connected directly next to the sorting site location will be open again this year.  The cost is $5 with opening hours as follows:

Friday, 12/6:  opens super early (before 8:00 a.m.)

Saturday, 12/7:  opens at 8:00 a.m.

Sunday, 12/8:  opens at 9:00 a.m.

Street parking is also available near and around the sorting site, but please be prepared that many (but not all) spots may have meters that may be in effect and need to be fed during the course of the weekend.

If you are driving to the sorting site only to drop-off donations, our easy no-fuss curbside drop-off will again be right in front of the sorting site building (1201 Maryland Avenue, SW, on the D Street side) where our cheerful volunteers will greet you and be available to receive the donations.  Vehicles can temporarily park at the curbside to drop-off the donations, so parking will not be an issue in that specific instance.  GFTH signage will be posted outside of the building to mark the sorting site and designated curbside drop-off area.

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