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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.

Maryland

Interfaith Clothing Center
751 Twinbrook Parkway
(Broom Middle School)
Rockville, MD 201851
301-424-3796
Site Manager: Arneris Leon
aleon@iworksmc.org
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
molcgeneral@molc-inc.org

District of Columbia

Martha’s Table/Martha’s Outfitters
2114 14th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C.  20009
202-328-6608
Clothing Coordinator:  Meaza Yalleu
myalleu@marthastable.org

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

Central Union Mission
65 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-745-7118
Contact:  Chaplin Ted Ross
www.missiondc.org/clothing drive/

Northern Virginia

Arlington Presbyterian Church
“Ronda Gilliam Room”
3507 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA  22204
703-920-5660
Clothing Bank Coordinator: Cathy McCabe
CRMcCabe@verizon.net

Good Shepherd Alliance
20921 Davenport Drive
Sterling VA 20165
571-887-5773
thriftstore@loudounhomeless.org

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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November 14th, 2014 at 11:16 pm

We are grateful for the DC area law firms that generously support and participate in our annual used clothing drive each year.  One major way that law firms assist with the drive is by conducting their own local (or “feeder”) clothing drives in their offices prior to the GFTH used clothing drive event — this year, on Friday, December 5th through Sunday, December 7th.  The support enables us to receive nice clothing that will be appreciated and used by less fortunate members of the local community who access services from 65+ area shelters, food providers, and other organizations that receive and distribute our donations.

When you start getting ready for our drive is entirely up to your firm, but you it is best to plan on concluding your drive and delivering your collections to our central sorting site on Friday, December 5th.  There are a variety of creative ways to promote the drive to your employees and staff to maximize donations — the possibilities are endless.  We also encourage firms in shared buildings to ask their fellow firms and commercial neighbors to contribute to their drive.  Not only does that help GFTH and those who we serve, but it also builds positive relationships with others in the local business community.

What Do We Accept?

Above all, our greatest need is for warm winter clothing, but we will accept all types of clothing:  business, casual, coats, sweaters, sweats, long and short-sleeved shirts, pants, shoes and socks, hats and gloves.  But, no underwear or swimwear.

The clothing can be for men, women or children, including infants and toddlers!  It should be gently worn, clean, and free of rips and tears.  Our philosophy is:  if we wouldn’t wear it, we wouldn’t expect a homeless person to wear it either.   Also note that because we have a large NEW clothing program, supported by your monetary donations, we do not encourage individuals to go out and purchase any NEW clothing to donate to this USED clothing drive.  We get much better deals buying in bulk from clothing manufacturers than any individual can buying retail.

We also accept:  sleeping bags and blankets, travel-sized toiletries, sheets and pillowcases, towels, luggage, toys, children’s books, and small household items (like dishes, silverware, pots and pans, placemats, etc. — but no larger appliances like TVs or microwaves or furniture).   No food, please.

What is Presorting and Why is it Helpful?

Please know that one of the many great things about GFTH is that we strive to provide shelters with the very items that they need.  It is for that reason why GFTH Board and Leadership Council Members spend months in advance conducting outreach to homeless services provider organizations to determine who they serve (men, women, and/or children) and what types of items are needed (i.e., a men’s shelter may need men’s sweaters and sweats, but not men’s shoes or women’s clothing) so that they can be put to good use.  For this very reason, we have created a list of categories of items that we collect.

In order to help speed-up deliveries to the homeless services organizations during the course of the GFTH Annual Used Clothing Drive, we appreciate when law firms — particularly large ones that often have large amounts of generous donations — pre-sort by clothing category and bag the items collected in-house before they are dropped-off at the sorting site.  Pre-sorting can be fun — yes that is true!  At the tail end of collections, some firms will hold pre-sorting parties, provide pizza or snacks, and use the opportunity to spread some cheer in the office and spend meaningful non-billable hours with coworkers.

To help with your pre-sorting efforts, we present our 2014 categories below.  If you or your firm would like to participate in this year’s GFTH annual used clothing drive, please contact Joe at JEdmondson@foley.com  Go firms!

2014 clothing drive sorting catagories

 

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November 6th, 2014 at 9:24 pm

The clothing drive will take place again this year at The Portals III, 1201 D Street, SW (volunteer entrance and donation curbside drop-off on D Street side).

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.

Metro

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

Drivers/Parking 

Thanks to the generosity of Republic Properties Corp., parking at the adjacent commercial garage will be available again this year at the discounted flat rate of $5.00/day on Saturday, December 6th and December, December 7th.  This includes in and out privileges at no additional charge (so, if you need to run out for something, want to help make a delivery, or want to take a break and return the same day, no additional parking fees will be charged).  Please make sure to ask a GFTH rep at the volunteer desk at the used clothing drive site for parking validation to receive the discounted rate when making payment upon your exit from the garage.

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November 6th, 2014 at 8:50 pm

 

 

Making this winter a little warmer-2

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