We welcome donations of all kinds of goods. Just bring them by our offices, or send us an email to let us know what you’re bringing (Info@BethesdaCares.org). Regardless, we thank you! 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.
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.
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.