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.

Please contact [email protected] to discuss donation drop offs. Keep in mind that Thrive DC accepts donations Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 10:00 AM – 12 PM and 1 – 4 PM only at our office, 1525 Newton St NW Washington, DC 20010.  We are closed from 12:00 – 1:00 PM in the office during the week and will not be able to accept donations during that time slot. Once you confirm that Thrive DC can accept the donation and before you drop the donation off, please fill out this form.

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 are currently not collecting any food items at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.** 

Toiletry Donations

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.

Toiletry Drive

Coat Drives (Seasonal)

We are looking for winter hats, coats, scarves, and gloves November – December! Click the button below for more details.

Coat Drive

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.)

Clothing Drive

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. 

Backpack & Tote Drive

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.

Menstruation Product Drive

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.

Make A Donation Today!

Amazon Wish List

If you would like to purchase an item directly for our clients, please check out our Amazon Wish List.

Amazon Wish List