How to Help: Give Clothing and Toiletries

Hours | Donation Guidelines | collection Drives

Sock donations
Sweater donations
Toiletry donations

Your donations of like-new clothing, toiletries, and bedding are vital to our mission to help homeless children, women, and men achieve self-sufficiency. Our team of volunteers collects, sorts, and distributes new and gently used items for 23 Boston-area shelters and clinics. Due to the drastic rise in homelessness over the past 10 years, the organizations we serve depend more than ever on Circle of Hope's donations.

Current Special Requests:

  • New, unopened full-size toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothbrushes, toothpaste)

  • New socks

  • Towels




Donations can be dropped off at 65 Rosemary Street* in Needham, MA during the following hours:

Mon 9-11 am | Tue 9-11 am & 3-5 pm | Wed 9-11 am & 3-5 pm | Thu 9-11 am | Sat (Sept-June) 9-11 am

*We are moving! As of Nov. 18, 2019, our new location will be 1329 Highland Avenue, Needham. Click here for more information.


Donations We Accept


To affirm the dignity of the individuals we serve, we can only accept items that are clean and in excellent condition, including:

Clothing & Shoes*

  • Casual pants and jeans

  • Shirts, sweaters, and jackets

  • Infant clothing

  • Shoes, sneakers, and casual footwear in excellent condition

  • New underwear, socks, and bras

  • Winter coats

  • Hats, gloves, scarves, mittens

  • Maternity clothes

*Please note, we do not accept professional clothing.

Household Items

  • Sheets

  • Blankets/comforters

  • Towels



  • Shampoo

  • Conditioner

  • Soap (bar and liquid)

  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes

  • Deodorant

  • Body lotion and hand lotion

  • Lip balm/chapstick

  • Sunscreen

  • Tampons and pads

*All toiletries must be new and unopened. We accept travel-sized and full-sized items.


  • Backpacks and large tote bags


Donations We Do Not Accept

  • Items that are not clean and in good condition

  • Professional clothing and formalwear, including business suits, blazers, dresses and skirts, pocketbooks, briefcases, high-heeled shoes, or panty hose

  • Kitchenware and appliances

  • Furniture

  • Books and toys

  • Opened toiletries

  • Pillows

When my daughter comes up to me and tells me that her shoes are too tight or that her coat isn’t keeping her warm, I am instantly faced with a dilemma. Do I take the $20 I had budgeted towards her coat or do I buy these $16.99 shoes? With the help of Circle of Hope, I didn’t have to make those tough decisions.”

-Camille, Former Project Hope Resident


How to Help: Run A Drive

Two children pose next to a large box labeled “Coat Drive to support Circle of Hope”
Two donors place shoes and clothing into a donation bin
Four donors from Beaumont Capital Management standing with a large box of donations for Circle of Hope.

Collection drives are a great way to help homeless individuals and families, and running a collection drive is easier than it might sound! You can run a drive at your workplace, school, church, community group, or right from your own home. You can run a general collection drive and gather all of the items we accept, or you can choose to focus on one particular type of item, like toiletries or children's clothing. Whatever you choose to collect, please emphasize to your donors that clothing should be clean and in good condition. The donations we receive will be given to homeless individuals within 2 weeks, so we ask that everything donated is something that can be worn immediately.

Put 1-3 donation bins around your chosen location and advertise your collection drive via email, flyers, church bulletins, and/or word of mouth. Collection drives typically last 2-3 weeks, but they can be longer or shorter depending on your needs. When you have filled your donation bins, go through the items and make sure everything is in good condition. Then drop the donations off at Circle of Hope during our drop-off's that easy!

If you have questions about how to run a collection drive or if you have photos of a drive in progress that you'd like to share, email Carolyn at

Sample Collection Drive Flyers

See below for sample flyers you can use for different types of collection drives. You may decide to create your own with more customized information (dates of the drive, specific items you are collecting, etc.) but these samples can help get you started!

General Collection Drive  |  Toiletry Drive  |  Coat Drive  |  Sock Drive Winter Warmup Drive