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In-Kind Donations

We are in constant need of in-kind donations to get our homeless families settled in their new homes, to equip mothers and babies with maternity and baby items at the Family Health and Birth Center, and support our educational programs. Please donate new or gently used items so we may serve our families with dignity and respect. In particular, please consider working with your office or church to assemble Housing Essentials and Welcome Home Packages for the homeless families we serve.

Unfortunately we cannot pick up donations at this time.

Contact development@cohdc.org or 202-407-7747 x162 to make an in-kind donation. Due to limited storage space, donations will not be accepted at any of our sites without prior notification.

Items Needed:

* denotes items that must be new and unused

Housing Essentials Items for Welcome Packets (for new residents at our short-term programs)

  • Full and twin sheet sets*
  • Full and twin blankets*
  • Bathtowels and washcloths*
  • Dishes (plates, bowls, cups…plastic preferred because of kids)
  • Silverware (new or gently used and clean)
  • Toiletries as needed
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Small box of powdered laundry detergent

Welcome Home Gift Baskets (For families moving into long-term housing)
These families receive all of the above plus these items:

  • Shower curtains/rings*
  • Bath mats*
  • Toilet paper (4-pack)
  • Silverware (new or gently used and clean)
  • Pots and pans (new or gently used and clean)
  • Kitchen towels and cleaning cloths*
  • Disposable sanitizing wipes*
  • Multi-purpose cleaning cloths*
  • Dish scrubbing brush*
  • Mop (preferably Libman Twist style) and small bucket*
  • 13 gallon waste basket with lid*
  • Toilet bowl brush*
  • Sponges
  • Trash bags
  • Paper towels- 2 pack
  • Bottle of shampoo
  • 3 bars of soap
  • 4 toothbrushes (or as needed for the family)
  • 1 tube of toothpaste
  • Hangers
  • Mesh Laundry Bag
  • Picture frames
  • First Aid Kits (complete in box)

Many thanks to A Wider Circle for helping provide our families with needed furniture items! Please consider donating your used furniture to them.

Family Health and Birth Center's Donation Closet
** Space is limited. Please call in advance to make sure there is capacity and to schedule your drop off. We cannot guarantee acceptance but we usually are looking for baby, young children, and maternity clothing, furniture, strollers, and diapers.

Items We Are Not Able To Use:
• Clothing (see Family Health and Birth Center note above)
• Large appliances (dishwashers, washers, or dryers)
• Mechanical Medical/Hospital beds
• Large rugs and carpet remnants
• Children's items that no longer meet safety standards
• Medical supplies
• Knick-knacks or figurines
• Single glasses, mugs, or plates (families prefer sets)
• Grills
• Cassettes, tape players, records, or VCR tapes
• Used/opened toiletry items
• Any items in need of repair or in poor condition