How to Help: Give Clothing and Toiletries
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
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
Shoes, sneakers, and casual footwear in excellent condition
New underwear, socks, and bras
Hats, gloves, scarves, mittens
*Please note, we do not accept professional clothing.
Soap (bar and liquid)
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Body lotion and hand lotion
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
Books and toys
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!