Holiday Giving

Thank You for Making the Holidays Even Brighter!

Holiday Shoebox Gift Drive

Thank you for your interest in participating in our drive this holiday season! Each year, SOME invites the community to create beautifully wrapped holiday shoeboxes brimming with gifts of essential items for those we serve – adults and children alike.

Your gifts will be given out over the holidays to those we serve within our Dining Room, who participate in our programs, and live within our affordable housing units throughout the District (over 1,000 people!). We are particularly in need of shoeboxes for men and women.



Each holiday shoebox contains the following items:

  • 1 hat
  • 1 pair of gloves
  • 1 scarf
  • 1 pair of socks
  • 1 pair of underwear
  • 1 deodorant
  • 2 razors
  • 1 bar of soap
  • 1 bottle of shampoo
  • 1 bottle of lotion
  • 1 toothbrush
  • 1 tube of toothpaste

If you choose to create a women’s box, please include a small pack of sanitary napkins. For a children’s box, please include a small toy instead of razors and deodorant.

Please wrap the shoebox lid and box separately and tape the downloadable checklist to it, noting if it is a box with men’s, women’s, boy’s, or girl’s items in it.

Please do not add more items than what is listed above to any shoebox. If you have extra items to offer, please donate them separately. Please do not include cash, food, candy, mouthwash, or gift cards.

Download Instructions as a PDF


We will be accepting shoebox gifts from November 27 – December 12. You are invited to drop them off at 61 O St NW between the hours of 10:00am-3:00pm seven days a week.

You may also choose to donate online.