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Holiday Opportunities


Holiday Opportunities
Dinner Baskets for Homebound Seniors

Volunteers are needed to provide holiday dinner baskets for homebound seniors. Gather with family or friends to fill a basket with all of the holiday trimmings. The baskets will be delivered to seniors on December 13.
Learn how to create a basket >

Shoebox Gifts

We collect shoeboxes decorated for the holidays and brimming with gifts and essential items (see list below) for homeless or poor children, women and men.

All shoebox gifts should contain a hat, scarf, pair of gloves, socks, underwear, soap, shampoo, lotion, toothpaste and toothbrush.
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.

Gifts cards are greatly appreciated, too, but optional. If you choose to include them, please have them from stores such as Giant, Safeway, CVS or Walgreens. Please do not include cash, food, candy, fast food gift cards or mouthwash.

We are collecting shoeboxes through Thursday, December 11, 2014.

Please wrap or decorate your shoebox lids and boxes separately. On the lids, attach a list of the items included in the box and label the box, “child,” “woman,” or “man,” and deliver to SOME, 71 O Street, NW, Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm or on the weekends, from 7:00am to 2:00pm.

If you have any questions, please email Anne Ourand at

SOME Shoebox Gift Drive Flyer >

Material Donations

You can help SOME to care for the poor and homeless this holiday season by providing food, warm clothing and toys. Individuals and small groups are also needed to receive, sort, display, and store the wide variety of donations that SOME receives during the holiday season. Volunteers are needed from mid-November through mid-January.

Contact: 202.797.8806, ext. 2104 or

Holiday Gatherings

Many of SOME’s programs host special occasions and holiday gatherings for program participants and residents. Individuals and small groups assist with preparing and serving meals, games, decorations, etc.

Contact: 202.797.8806, ext. 2201 or