Coat Drive

Every winter, our clients who are experiencing homelessness or poverty struggle to stay warm. During this time our clients turn to us for warm clothing. This year we will give out cold weather materials on:

  • Friday, January 17th, 2020

In addition to our open coat drop off hours, we always need help with sorting and making sure our clients will have the best experience finding their new cold weather gear! If you want to help with sorting/set-up for our winter warmth distribution days, please contact Rose at [email protected] We also have one Saturday drop off open to all who cannot drop off items during the weekdays. That means we are looking for donations to be dropped off:

  • Open Drop-Off Dates: January 6 – January 16, 2020
  • Saturday Drop-Off: January 11, 2020 from 9am-1pm
  • Help with sorting/set-up: January 16th, 2020

Please note: After January 16th, we will not be able to accept donations of coats for the 2019-2020 winter.

Gently Used or New Items Our Clients Need:

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

New Items Our Clients Need:

  • New socks
  • New men’s boxers and women’s underwear
  • New thermals (Long undershirts and pants)

Items We Are Not Able to Accept

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

  • Light Jackets – Our clients needs coats to keep them warm when it is near or below freezing. Windbreakers and suit jackets unfortunately don’t provide that kind of warmth.
  • 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, 10:00 AM – noon and 1-5:00 PM. Before you come, please give us a call at 202-503-1533 to let us 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.

Ready To Organize?

If you’re ready to organize a donation drive to help our clients, fill out the form below! Our In-Kind Donation Coordinator will follow up with you shortly.


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