Coat Drive 2017-04-17T14:33:56+00:00

Coat Drive for the Homeless

Coat Drive for the HomelessEvery winter our homeless clients struggle to stay warm, and the cold weather provides some of the most severe crisis situations they have to endure.

During this time our clients turn to us for warm clothing. This year we will give out cold weather materials on:

  • Friday, December 2nd, 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Friday, January 13th, 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Friday, February 3rd, 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM

To be prepared, we need your donations the Monday before we give things out.

If you would like to host a Coat Drive for our homeless clients, please contact our In-Kind Coordinator at (202) 503-1533 or [email protected].

You can also use our Coat Drive flyer to assist in your efforts: Welcome Warmth Flyer 2016

Used or New Items Our Clients Need:

  • Coats (especially men’s XL and up)
  • Hats, Scarves, Gloves
  • Blankets
  • Sleeping Bags

New Items Our Clients Need:

  • Socks
  • Men’s boxers and women’s underwear
  • Thermals (Long undershirts and pants)

Items We Are NOT Accepting

Thrive DC has limited space through the winter months, and has to be very intentional about what items we can and cannot accept. While we are doing the Coat Drive, we are NOT accepting:

  • Jackets – Our clients needs coats to keep them warm when it is near or below freezing. Windbreakers and suit jackets need not apply!
  • Sweaters and Sweatshirts – With our limited space, we are focusing on the winter items that will help our clients the most. When our clients ask us for help with layering materials we give them referrals to other service providers.
  • Clothes – Thrive DC does not have the space to store shoes or boots, pants, shirts, blouses, dresses or anything else that needs to be the right size to fit. When hosting your donation drive, please make sure to call it a “Coat Drive” and not a “Winter Clothing” drive!

Donating Through Our Amazon Wish List

Don’t have anything to donate, or don’t know what to provide us? You can help us get exactly what we need by buying items off of our Amazon Wish List. Just don’t forget to include a note with your name and address so we can send you a thank you letter!

Dropping Off Donations

Unfortunately, we are not able to pick up donations. But you can bring things to us at our location in Columbia Heights Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Before you come, please let our staff listed below know to expect you! If you are unable to get to us during normal operating hours, we would be happy to talk about setting up a more convenient time for drop offs.

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 flexibility to help clients no matter the need or situation.

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If you would like more information on what kind of things our clients clients need, or want to collect coats as part of a donation drive, please contact our In-Kind Coordinator at [email protected] or (202) 503-1533.