What do our clients need?
Over 200 people come to us each day looking for basic necessities such as food, underwear, maxipads, shampoo, and more. Your support is what ensures that we have the supplies available to the people who need them most.
Below is a list of what our clients need. You can pick whichever category speaks to you, or talk to our In-Kind Donation Coordinator about which ones are most needed at this time. Please reference our In-Kind Donation Guide, a resource guide that will provide details on donating and highlight both year round and seasonal needs, before contacting our volunteer & in-kind coordinator with questions.
If you are considering a donation drive for your school, religious organization, or place of work—please contact our In-Kind Donation Coordinator at (202) 503-1533 or [email protected].
Thrive DC Wish List
Not sure what to donate? Click here to see our General Wish List of all the items we are in need of.
We give out more than 100 Personal Care Items a day at Thrive DC. We need help supplying unopened travel sized soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors and more.
Coat Drives (Seasonal)
Thank you for a terrific winter coat season – over 2,500 winter items donated! We have concluded our 2019-2020 Winter Coat Drives and are no longer accepting coat donations. We hope you’ll join us next winter!
Specialized Clothing Donations
We have a desperate need for ponchos, socks, and underwear. Our clients prefer solid colored socks and underwear and all sizes are welcome! At this time we are not able to accept donations of general clothing (jeans, pants, shirts, etc.)
Backpack & Tote Donations
Backpacks are one of the most vital donations our clients can receive. Many of the people we serve keep their whole lives in their backpacks and need ones that are sturdy, comfortable to wear for long periods of time, and inconspicuous. Tote bags make the distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables to our easier for our Fresh Food Friday program. Totes that can be folded up, put inside a client’s backpack for re-use, and take up little space are preferred.
Menstruation Product Donations
For our clients who get monthly periods, there are unique barriers when they’re homeless or cannot afford hygiene products. Having maxipads shouldn’t be a luxury, it should be a right.
Please note: As of 12/3/19, we are fully stocked with tampons and maxipads. Please keep us in mind for future donations of these products.
Don’t Know What To Donate?
If you aren’t sure what to donate, or want to have the maximum impact on our clients, consider donating financially. Your financial donations give Thrive DC the immediate flexibility to help clients no matter the need or situation.