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November 4th, 2014 at 9:31 pm
AmeriCorps volunteers by the massive pile of donations
AmeriCorps volunteers by the massive pile of donations

Our annual used clothing drives are amazing successes due largely to the hundreds of volunteers who generously dedicate their time, effort, and good spirits to help sort, bag and/or deliver clothing donations to DC-metro area shelters and other local organizations who aid the homeless each and every year.  This year, we are in need of volunteers from Friday, December 5th through Sunday, December 7th — sign up now!!!!

Volunteering for our annual used clothing drive is an easy low commitment to serve the local community, as well as a good way to meet other like-minded individuals who enjoy doing the same.  While many of our volunteers come from the legal community, we also welcome all others, including but not limited to individuals, couples, families, non-profits, volunteer and community groups, children’s groups (such as the boy and girl scouts), and religious organizations.

We appreciate any amount of time that volunteers can provide throughout the weekend of our event, whether it may be an hour, five, or multiple days.  It is not unusual for volunteers to plan to come for just one hour and then stay the full day.  The choice is yours!  We provide food and soft drinks to thank you for your help and to keep you energized.

Online volunteer sign-up is now open.  If you would like to sign-up to volunteer as a group, please contact Ceceile at  Volunteers on Friday are especially needed 😉

We look forward to seeing you at the drive!

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October 14th, 2014 at 7:23 am

Please head right over here to find out everything and more than you ever wanted to find out about our annual used clothing drive occurring Friday, December 5th through Sunday, December 7th, 2014.

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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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