Here’s our current wish list:
We gratefully accept food donations of both perishable and nonperishable items. We can use perishable items either at our meal program or as snacks at our Drop-In Center; we’ll incorporate non-perishables into soups, stews or casseroles for meals. We always appreciate fresh fruit and vegetables to ensure that clients receive well-balanced, nutritious meals. Because our clients don’t have ready access to fresh water, we welcome bottled water, year-round. And finally, we also love getting coffee, creamer, sugar, tea, oatmeal and the like to put out for clients’ breakfasts in the mornings. Please do not bring any partially-consumed items, and kindly check the expiration dates on anything you donate.
Donate Your Used Vehicle
Click here to find out how you can help “drive someone home.” No matter where you live, all it takes is one phone call to have your car picked up and sold! The proceeds go to Bethesda Cares, and you receive the full tax deduction.
Donate Gift Cards
Our many newly-housed clients need everything from bed sheets to toilet paper. We welcome gift cards of any denomination from Amazon, Target or Walmart and will use them to either buy items for our clients or to take them shopping and let them make their own choices. Shopping online? Don’t forget to use Amazon.Smile.com, and send a portion of the proceeds to Bethesda Cares!
Living on the streets is punishing to the feet. Our clients often walk for miles every day, and clean, dry socks can help prevent infections, frostbite or other ailments, as well as providing a small measure of comfort. Our Outreach Team gives out more than 2,500 pairs of socks each year!
Our clients want to maintain good hygiene as best they can. You know those little toiletry items in your hotel room? Grab ‘em, and bring them by! We will use them for our shower program, or simply hand them to clients in need. Deodorant, razors, toothbrushes and toothpaste are especially hard for us to come by. Please do not bring any partially-consumed items.
Through our Clothing Closet, we offer our clients gently used clothing. Due to storage constraints, we appreciate seasonally-appropriate items, particularly for men and particularly in large sizes. We do not need children’s clothing. Regrettably we do not have the capacity to repair or clean donated items, so we cannot accept them.