Donate Goods
We rely on donated materials of many kinds to serve our clients. All material donations to SOME are tax-deductible. SOME does not sell any of the donated items it receives, but distributes them free of charge to individuals in need.

Drop-Off Location and Hours

Our main drop-off location for material donations is 71 O Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001. We are open to receive donations from 7:30am-4:00pm during the week, or 8:00am-2:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. We will offer you a donation receipt for your tax records when you drop off your donation.

Food Wish List

  • Ground coffee and Non-refrigerated creamer
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise and hot sauce
  • Pancake Mix and Syrup
  • Traditional holiday foods are also welcomed around Thanksgiving and Christmas, including hams and turkeys.

SOME cannot accept any opened food products or products with expired dates.


In addition to the Dining Room where we serve hot meals daily, SOME operates a food pantry. From the food pantry we distribute non-perishable food items to our many programs and houses year round. We welcome donations of all kinds of non-perishable food to keep our pantry stocked.

Food Drive

Are you organizing a food drive? Thank you! You can download and use this food drive flier to help promote your event.

If you are having a large food drive that may require pick-up service, please contact our Donations Manager at 202.797.8806, ext. 2104 or [email protected]. Our driver and truck are extremely busy, so we are only able to offer pick-up service for large food drive collections.


SOME distributes new and gently used donations of clothing, free of charge, for men, women and children. We ask that donors give only clothing items appropriate for the season in which they are dropped off. Clothing should be laundered and free of tears or stains. It is a great help to us if men’s, women’s and children’s items are bagged separately.

By far our greatest need is in the area of men’s clothing.

We are in urgent need of the following items:

  • New underwear for men and women
  • New socks for men and women
  • Gently used, clean, unstained socks and underwear

  • Men’s jeans
  • Men’s casual pants
  • Men’s shirts

Thanksgiving Dinner Baskets

Can you provide a Thanksgiving Dinner Basket for a needy family? Gather your family, friends, or co-workers together to make up a basket for one or more low-income families. It’s easy and fun, and you’ll know that you’ve made the holiday brighter for a struggling family.

Shoebox Gift Drive

Shoebox gifts are shoeboxes decorated for the holidays and brimming with gifts and essential items (see list below) for homeless or poor children, women and men. We are particularly in need of shoebox gifts for men and women.

All shoebox gifts should contain:

  • Hat
  • Scarf
  • Gloves
  • Socks
  • Underwear (L or XL)

  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Lotion
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush

Travel size soap and shampoo are particularly appreciated. For women, please also include sanitary napkins and/or tampons and deodorant; for men, please also include razors and deodorant; for children, please also include a small gift or toy.

Do not include cash, food, candy, mouthwash or hand sanitizer.

Gift cards from stores such as Giant, Safeway, CVS or Walgreens are greatly appreciated, too.

We are collecting shoeboxes through Thursday, December 10, 2015.

Please wrap or decorate your shoebox lids and box separately. On the lids, attach a list of the items included in the box and label the box, “child,” “woman,” or “man.”

Household Items

SOME accepts gently used donations of basic household items. These donations are given to individuals who have recently moved off the streets or out of shelters into a new apartment. Donations that could help such individuals make their new apartment feel like home are greatly appreciated. SOME is no longer able to accept furniture. We gratefully accept the items listed below:

Pots and pans ● Ironing boards ● Blankets/quiltsSheets & pillow cases ● Throw blankets ● Towels ● New cleaning supplies (dish & laundry detergent, etc.) ● Paper towels & toilet paper ● Garbage bags ● Reusable grocery bags ● Banker boxes

We are also seeking Welcome Baskets with supplies for those just moving into our housing programs. Baskets contain a set of twin sheets, a large towel, a hand towel, one pot and one pan. These supplies can be donated as individual items or as a complete set in a reusable bag, basket or bin.

Household Items SOME Cannot Accept
Furniture ○ Exercise equipment ○ Air conditioner units ○ Ceiling fans ○ Computers/computer accessories ○ Highly specialized kitchen equipment (bread machines, ice cream makers, etc.) ○ Single glasses, cups, plates ○ Tupperware ○ Recycled food containers ○ Opened cleaning products ○ Home accessories and knick knacks ○ Books ○ Magazines ○ Word puzzles ○ Used toys ○ Air purifiers


Combs/Brushes ● Conditioner ● Deodorant ● Depends ● Lotion ● Pads & tampons ● Razors ● Shampoo ● Shaving Cream ● Soap ● Toothbrushes ● Toothpaste

Further questions regarding material donations should be directed to our Donations Manager at 202.797.8806, ext. 2104 or [email protected].

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