How to Help: Give Clothing and Toiletries

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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 22 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 toiletries

  • New socks, especially for men


Hours

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

*Circle of Hope will be closed Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day.


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

 

Toiletries*

  • 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.

Other

  • 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


How to Help: Run A Drive

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 hours...it'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 carolyn@circleofhopeonline.org

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