CHARITIES  in the Washington Metro Area:
This list courtesy of Charity Choices  -

4 Paws Rescue Team
(703) 715-6369
Accepts: Hand towels and sheets, cat litter and/or cat food, cat carriers, cat beds, small cardboard boxes (used as litter boxes at adoption fairs), cat toys, stamps, calling cards, gift cards.
Donated items can be taken to any adoption fair – dates and locations are available at or call 703-715-MEOW to make other arrangements.
A Woman's Choice  -  Falls Church, VA   (near Seven Corners)
6201 Leesburg Pike, Suite 220
Falls Church, VA 22044
(703) 538-4305
Accepts: New and/or slightly used baby clothing from newborn to size 5 Toddler, maternity Clothes, baby accessories, cribs (with all parts and instructions), car seats (with all straps) and strollers
Items can be dropped off at the Center Monday through Friday from 10 am until 2 pm or by special appointment.            
Alley Cat Allies
240-482-1980 ext. 103
Accepts: Cars, trucks, vans, office supplies, pet-related items, antiques, and jewelry.
American Kidney Fund
Donate Your Vehicle at 1-888-638-1171
Donate Your Timeshare at: or call l- 877-8-A-CAUSE (877-822-2873)

American Red Cross of the National Capital Area – Fairfax  (near 50/495)
8550 Arlington Boulevard
Fairfax, VA 22031
(703) 584-8453
The American Red Cross of the National Capital Area has a detailed list of items they accept. Please contact them for that list. They DO NOT accept clothing donations. You may contact Yesterday’s Rose, a thrift store in Fairfax, Virginia, that does accept clothing. Red Cross receives proceeds from the sale of items at this store.
Their phone number is 703-385-9517
Office Hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm Monday through Friday
To make an in-kind donation, please contact the Development Coordinator at (703) 584-8442. Thank you so very much for thinking of the American Red Cross of the National Capital Area!
Animal Welfare League of Arlington  -  South Arlington (Shirlington area)
2650 S. Arlington Mill Dr.
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 931-9241
Wish List for the Animal Welfare League of Arlington:
Towels, wash cloths, and hand towels
Pillow cases
Plain non-electric blankets (new or in very good shape)
Animal beds (only those small enough to fit in washer and Dryer)
Stainless steel or ceramic bowls
Unopened cat or dog food for wildlife rehabilitators
Unopened boxes of cat or dog treats

Hard rubber toys (such as Kongs)
NylaBones (only in good repair and not chewed)
Nylon, leather and cotton leashes in good shape
Leather or cotton collars in good shape
Crates in good repair (no rust and all parts in good working order)

Cat litter boxes (new only)
Leather or cotton collars in good shape
Clay cat litter; Care Fresh Litter; Non-clumping litter
Plastic or rubber toys (nothing fuzzy or furry)

Wooden chew items and accessories for rabbits and small rodents (new only)
Bird toys and accessories
Cages for bird/ferrets and aquariums in good shape

Clorox Cleaning Wipes
Reams of Colored and White Paper
Pens, blue or black Ink
Video Cameras for animal control trucks
Avery Labels, especially #5266 and #5260
We often need large quantities of food and other supplies, including new items for prizes for special events such as the Annual Walk for the Animals and Catsino Night and Silent Auction.
To make a donation, contact the Development Manager at 703-931-9441 ext.220 or
Arthritis Foundation -  Washington, D.C.
(202) 537-6800
Accepts: Vehicles, relatively new office equipment, furniture and supplies, TVs, VCRs and LCD projectors.
We often need large quantities of food and other supplies for special events such as the Jingle Bell Run or the Arthritis Foundation Golf Classic.
2011 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW   -   6th Floor   Washington, D.C. 20006
To make a donation, contact the Office Manager at (202) 537-6800.
Call to arrange a drop-off.
Black Student Fund  -  Washington, D.C.
3636 16th Street, NW  
Washington, DC
Accepts: School supplies, toys, office supplies, clothes, etc.
Capital Area Food Bank  -  Washington D.C.  +  Lorton, VA
645 Taylor St. NE
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 526-5344     6833 Hill Park Drive
Lorton, VA 22079
(703) 541-3063
Accepts: Non-perishables only
Call and speak with Molly McGlinchy at 202-526-5344 ext.311.
Cars (202) 526-5344 ext.236. Call and speak with Gifty Cobblah or e-mail at
Capital Hospice Thrift Shop -  Falls Church, VA  (Seven Corners Area)
Willston I Shopping Center
6172 Arlington Blvd
Falls Church, VA
(703) 532-5355

Turn your goods into gold for patient care.
We accept gently-used clothing (boutique and other), household items (glass, ceramics, small appliances) and some furniture (not upholstered), Wednesdays through Sundays.
Open 7 days a week 10 am - 5 pm Mondays through Saturday, 11- 4 Sundays
Senior Citizens discount on Tuesdays!
The Child Welfare League of America
Accepts: Vehicles
Christ House  -  Washington, D.C.
1717 Columbia Road, NW
Washington, DC
(202) 328-1100
Accepts: Clothing, toiletries, some computer equipment, musical instruments, CD’s, and art supplies for the Kairos Program.
Clock Tower – Falls Church, VA
2860 Annandale Road – 3 blocks from Route 50, Arlington Blvd.
Falls Church, VA
703 538-6289  or  703 237-1910
Accepts: Clothing, household items, toys, books, small furniture items
DC Coalition for the Homeless
Accepts: Clothing items, household items in good conditions such as sofas, beds, and dressers.  
We pick up and accept drop offs at our various programs sites that are listed in our website.
DC Habitat for Humanity Wish List – Washington D.C.
(202) 882-4600
Accepts: Tool Van
Pickup truck
Printing Services
Lunch donations for volunteers
Office supplies
New cordless drills
New power tools
Drop-Off Location
843 Upshur St. NW (Near the Georgia Ave. Metro).
Call the office for more information: (202) 882-4600.
Days End Farm Horse Rescue
15856 Frederick Rd.
Lisbon, MD 21765
(301) 854-5037     (410) 442-1564
Accepts: Working cars, good grass hay, office supplies.
Call to arrange drop-off. List of needed items on website. *
Food & Friends – Washington, D.C.
219 Riggs Road NE
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 269-2277
Accepts donations of::
PUR Water filters (for distribution to clients)
Microwave ovens, portable (for distribution to clients)
LCD projector
Outdoor bike rack
Colored copy paper (for client menus)
Avery labels 5160 or 5163 only
AAA batteries
AA batteries
For any questions on making a donation please call (202) 269-6880
This link will bring you to our Food Drive list.

2936 Annandale Road, Falls Church, VA 
Now accepting donations. Store grand opening was Oct. 30, 2010 !

Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia  -  Arlington  (Near Route 50 and George Mason Drive)
Lunch Donations for Volunteers
Power tools
Printing Services
Drop-off Location:  4451 First Place South, Arlington, VA 22204
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia ReStore  (On Route 1 near Sherwood Hall Lane)
Home improvement items including: Appliances, Furniture, Antiques, Doors, Windows, Tile and Lighting Fixtures.
Drop off location: 7770 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA 22306
The Hebrew Home of Greater Washington
(301) 770-8329
Accepts: Cars, trucks and other vehicles.
Call to schedule pick-up
Homestretch  -  Falls Church, VA   (near Lee Hwy/Washington St.  +  Annandale Road)
(703) 237-2035
Accepts: cars, computers, household items, and furniture.
Will pick up items from houses, apartments, and businesses in
Northern Virginia, Monday to Friday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Items can also be brought to the Homestretch office in Falls Church.
370 S. Washington St., Suite 400
Falls Church, VA 22046
Call to arrange pick-up or e-mail:
The website -- -- includes "How You Can Help" and "Wish List" pages.
Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington (JCA)
12320 Parklawn Drive,
Rockville, MD 20852
Accepts: Computer equipment

Contact us at (240) 395-0916 or  by email at

All Drop offs can be made at the above address.
Jewish Foundation for Group Homes
(301) 984-3839
Accepts: Cars, trucks and vans.
Please contact Annette Schreiber at 301-984-3839 or to arrange for a pick up.
To view our wish list, please go to:
Jewish Social Service Agency
(202) 387-7293
Accepts: Cars (301) 585-CARS; antiques, small furniture, furnishings, art, china, glassware and crystal (202-387-7293).
Call to make arrangements for pick-up or drop off.
Drop-off Location
Bombe Chest Antique Thrift Shop
2629 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC

Open Monday - Saturday
Hours: 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

Joseph’s Coat  (in Westlawn Shopping Center at Route 50 + Annandale Road)
3022 Annandale Rd. Falls Church, Virginia 22042
(703) 538-6289.
Legal Services of Northern Virginia
(703) 778-6800
Accepts: Office supplies and computer equipment.
Miriam’s Kitchen
2401 Virginia Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 452-8926 ext.4
Winter clothing:
Men’s sweaters (preferably hoodies)
Men’s jeans
Sleeping bags
Winter Hats and gloves
Winter Coats
 Brown and white sugars
 White, wheat and corn flours, and corn meal
 Baking powder and soda
 Dry herbs and spices
 Pancake mix
 Juice/Tang/lemonade dry mixes
 Tea bags
 All oils and vinegars
 Pancake syrup
 Tortilla chips for afternoon café
 Canned beans, tomato product, salad fixings
 Items that could make good bases for the café crudite dips such as sun-dried tomatoes ranch/blue cheese dressing, etc.
 Plastic forks, knives and spoons
Paper towels and napkins
N St. Village
202-939-2075, Community Outreach Coordinator
Donations listed at:

To Make a Donation:
Ensure that the donated items are in working order, gently used, or new and that clothing is clean, free of tears or stains, and appropriate for the current season.
Call the Community Outreach Coordinator at 202-939-2075 to talk about current needs and set up an appointment to drop of donations.
Drop-off location: 1333 N St. NW, Washington, DC 20005

Hours: Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm
The National Center for Children and Families
6301 Greentree Road
Bethesda, MD 20817
(301) 365-4480 ext. 113

Accepts: Personal Hygiene Supplies (soap, toothbrush, lotion, shampoo, dental floss, conditioner, feminine products, toothpaste, mouthwash, etc.) full size items preferred

Baby Supplies (disposable diapers, pacifiers, cribs, formula, toys, bottles, bibs, sleepers, wipes, diaper genies, snowsuits, powder, lotion, baby oil, strollers, etc.)

Cleaning Supplies (unopened containers of laundry detergent and bleach, sponges, mops, brooms, buckets, paper towels, etc.)
School Supplies (loose-leaf paper, pens, pencils, computer disks, lunch boxes, notebooks, organizers, crayons, back packs, pencil cases, calculators, etc.)

Craft Supplies (yarn, glue sticks, colored pencils, finger paints, colored paper, magic markers, felt, lace, ribbon, etc.)
First Aid Supplies (bandages, baby aspirin, cough syrup, cotton swaps, alcohol swaps, peroxide, Pedialyte, Neosporin, Tylenol, ice packs, etc.)

Other Supplies:
Furniture (twin beds, dressers, tables, chairs, couches, coffee tables, etc.)
Cameras (disposable)
Halloween costumes
Picture frames
Photo albums
Vacuum cleaner
Postage stamps
Day planners
Wall calendars
* Full-size toiletry items preferred
* Furniture that is not worn, torn, or soiled Updated Wish List located at Call to make arrangement
Neighbors’ Consejo
3118 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 234-6855 x 27
Accepts:  Household furniture appliances, household items, toiletries, glassware and landscaping services.
Planned Parenthood Association of Metropolitan Washington DC, Inc.
(202) 347-8500
Small Appliances (microwaves, etc.)
Rebuilding Together Montgomery County
3925 Plyers Mill Rd., Ste. 202
Kensington, MD 20895
(301) 933-2700
a pick-up truck
new hand tools
new power tools
printing services
graphic design services
warehouse space in Montgomery County
Salvation Army
(301) 277-7878
Accepts: Cars, household furniture and electronics.
NO: No baby seats, dishwashers, wall fixtures that need to be installed, single mattresses, light fixtures, office furniture, metal cabinets, old computers.
MD: 3304 Kenilworth Ave.
Hyattsville, MD
10am-6pm Mon-Sat
DC: 1375 H St., NE
Washington, DC
(202) 396-0916

VA: 6528 Little River Turnpike
Alexandria, VA
8am-4:30 pm Mon-Sat
(703) 642-9270
Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League
(202) 544-1306
Accepts: Cars
Go to web site for instructions:
SIDS Educational Services
(301) 322-2620
Accepts: Office equipment such as printers, fax machines, scanners, computers, Furniture such as chairs, small sofa and small desk.
Smithsonian’s National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 633-3042
Household Items:
Feather dusters (NEW only)
Night lights (bulbs and holders) (new or used)
Large, plastic kiddie pools (new or gently used and clean)
Full length mirrors (new or used)
Tools and building supplies (new or gently used; clean, with all parts):
Hammer drill, bow saw, small power saw, Dremel tools, hack saw, drill bits
Hand tools, hammers, pliers, screwdrivers, socket sets
Corded and cordless drills
Gas and electric chain saws
Hand truck
PVC pipes, caps, and elbows (heavy duty, various diameters with Caps for each diameter) (NEW only)
PVC cutting tools
Leatherman multi-use tool
Leather gloves (NEW only)
Steel digging spade
Assorted garden tools (such as cultivators, trowels, transplanters)
Long Reach brand pruners
Felco Brand No. 2 pruners
Rechargeable flashlights
“Dramm” brand aluminum watering wand and water breaker
E-Z Flo Automatic Fertilizing System
Pet Items (NEW items only please)

Artificial Rocks
Cholla wood
The Almost Indestructible Ball (hard plastic)
Kong toys, various sizes and styles
Jolly Pets items (Push-n-Play balls, Teaser balls, Tug-n-Toss balls, Romp-n-Roll)
Boomer Ball items (Ferret Log, 20" Jungle Ball)

Gift cards to pet stores, Star Bird, Otto Environmental, Boomer Ball, Dura-Cast, home improvement stores, wild bird stores, marine supply stores.
Bikes for the World
(703) 525-0941
Accepts: Bicycles
Call to make arrangements.
Summary: Bikes for the World, 703-525-0931, is a sponsored project of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, mobilizing hundreds of area volunteers to annually collect, pack, and ship thousands of unwanted American bicycles, providing affordable transport for individual productive use in developing countries, generating jobs and raising incomes, getting students to school, and delivering health care services. Bikes for the World’s sponsoring organization, The Washington Area Bicyclists Association, is dedicated to education and advocacy to improve bicycling conditions and increase bicycle use in the Washington area.
Montgomery County Volunteer Center
The Montgomery County Volunteer Center puts out a weekly list of products that local donors want to give away. To put a product on this list, go to:
On this page you will also find a list of Montgomery County organizations that accept donations of clothes.
(202) 636-4233

ACCEPTS: Clothing, furniture, small appliances, housewares, computers
(Pentium I and newer), electronics and toys. Cars (202) 715-2636.
NO: Mattresses or box-springs, sofa beds, large appliances, hazardous
material, construction material, CPSC-recalled items, or items that are
soiled, broken or missing pieces. Visit for a more complete list. Vehicles must be in running and driveable condition and be 1987 or newer foreign makes or 1991 or newer American models. Visit for more

Drop Off Locations
DC: 2916 V St., NE
(Between S. Dakota and Bladensburg Aves.)
Washington, DC
Attended donation truck; no phone
Donation hours 11-dusk Monday-Friday; 10-dusk weekends. Only clothes and
toys are accepted at this site.

MD: 619 S. Frederick Ave.
(Just north of the Walnut Hill Shop Center)
Gaithersburg, Md.
(301) 527-0970
Donation hours 9-7 Monday-Saturday; 12-5 Sundays

VA: 10 S. Glebe Rd.
(SW corner of Glebe/Rt. 50 intersection)
Arlington, Va.
(703) 769-3711
Donation hours 10-8 Monday-Saturday; 12-5 Sundays

VA: 8014 Sudley Rd.
Manassas, Va.
(703) 551-3200
Donation hours 11-7 Monday-Saturday; 12-5 Sundays

VA: 6244 Old Dominion Dr.
(Chesterbrook Shopping Center)
McLean, Va.
Attended donation truck; no phone
Donation hours 11-6:30 seven days a week
Excess Access
This national organization matches items that you have to donate with nonprofits' wish lists. A donor must register on their website and pay a fee.
Accepts most items. All info on website.
The Jewish Information and Referral Service
(301) 770-4848
The Jewish Information and Referral Service acts as a go-between for individuals who want to give away almost anything and organizations or individuals (who have been identified by caseworkers) that have needs.
Organizations are listed on the website. Feel free to call or email.
Electronic Industries Alliance is a web site intended to provide a forum and serve as an information collection site relating to electronics recycling.
Find out who is accepting used computers in your state.
Montgomery County Recycling Center accepts construction materials and recycles computers.