Ongoing Needs

Donate items that help local families

Donate items to help families and individuals in Northern Virginia! Unless otherwise specified, please contact C’Asha Faltz ( / 571.748.2621) for assistance in making a donation, organizing a collection drive or suggesting items that are not on this list.

Household Items
Art & Classroom Supplies
Sports Equipment



  • Grocery store gift cards (Giant, Safeway, Harris Teeter, Target, & Walmart)
  • Hunger Resource Center: Macaroni & cheese, boxed meals (e.g. Hamburger Helper), cereal, canned fruit, applesauce, canned meat, boxed/canned potatoes, condiments, ravioli, canned beans
    • Large deliveries (more than one SUV/minivan/pick-up truck): Please email Darrell Dixon or call 571.234.9450 to coordinate a delivery time and helping hands
    • Location: SERVE Campus, 10058 Dean Dr., Manassas, VA 20110
    • Donation Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; No donations are accepted on the weekends.
  • Multicultural Center: Non-perishable, non-canned food items, including: bags of dried beans, bags of rice, bags of pasta, beef jerky, dried fruit, oatmeal, granola bars, black tea (loose or in bags), powdered milk, reusable water bottles
    • Location: 6400 Arlington Blvd., Suite 100, Falls Church, VA 22042
  • Restaurant Gift Cards (Casual and fast food)



  • Men’s/women’s clothing and shoes, especially black work shoes, black work pants and polo-type shirts
  • Business clothes – Please note that Training Futures is not currently accepting clothing donations as our Clothing Closet is full. At this time, please direct donations to any of our thrift stores.
  • Shower shoes – SERVE Family Shelter
  • Baby clothing
  • Sun hats – SERVE Family Shelter

Clean clothes, shoes and accessories can also be donated to any of NVFS’ thrift stores; all proceeds benefit NVFS.

Household Items


  • Baby Items: Crib sheets & small blankets (new or gently used), baby-proofing safety items (i.e. outlet covers), new baby bottles, new sippy cups, baby monitors, strollers, wipes, diapers, cribs (if manufactured June 28, 2011 or later)
    • Please note: We cannot accept used car seats or items with recalls
  • Laundry: Powdered Laundry Detergent (baby-safe), Detergent (especially detergent pods), fabric softener sheets
  • Bathroom: Shower curtains/liners, bathtub drain stoppers, bathtub safety mats, towels
  • Kitchen (for SERVE Family Shelter): ziploc bags (all sizes), plastic food wrap and aluminum foil (large: 18-24 in. wide), paper bags, sandwich bags, plastic utensils, cups, napkins, bowls (for cereal/salad), paper plates
  • New pillows (for SERVE Family Shelter)
  • Weighted blankets (for foster children)
  • Garment plastic storage containers, clothing rack
  • Night lights
  • Paint (home interior)
  • Paper towels
  • Sponges
  • Cleaning products, including: Multipurpose cleaner, bleach, glass cleaner, floor cleaner for linoleum/Pergo, Lysol (liquid and spray)/Pine sol, Clorox wipes, disposable gloves, tile/bathroom cleaner, sponges, toilet brushes
  • Mop heads
  • Brooms and dustpans
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Tissues, flashlights, batteries (all types), light bulbs, padlocks with two keys, sidewalk de-icer, surge protectors
  • Napkins, paper plates, disposable food containers (for dinner late plates for working clients), plastic utensils, plastic serving utensils
  • Small furniture items (end tables, shelves, etc.) – Thrift Stores
  • Large furniture items – Thrift Stores (pickup by thrift store staff may be possible: please call one of our stores for information)
  • Housewares, linens, small appliances – Thrift Stores
  • Welcome Home baskets – housing & homelessness



  • Diapers & Wipes (especially size 3-6)
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothbrushes (adult size) and toothpaste
  • Body wash/soap, men’s/women’s deodorant, Neosporin ointment, hand sanitizer, lotion, feminine hygiene products (especially maxi pads)
  • Baby wipes, diaper rash lotion/ointment
  • Shampoo
  • Sunblock and insect repellent – SERVE Family Shelter
  • Disposable razors (men’s and women’s)
  • Liquid hand soap
  • Cold medicine and cough drops
  • Tissues



  • Children’s Board Books

Books in new or good condition can also be donated to any of NVFS’ thrift stores; all proceeds benefit NVFS.



  • Rattles – early childhood
  • New toys, all ages – Gifting for Families (December only)

Toys in new or good condition can also be donated to any of NVFS’ thrift stores; all proceeds benefit NVFS.



  • Bus tokens/Metro SMART Cards – Early Childhood (parents), Training Futures, Housing & Homelessness, etc.
  • Gas gift cards
  • New car seats

Art & Classroom Supplies


  • Washable finger paint
  • Washable tempura paint
  • Art Kraft rolls (different colors)
  • Manila Art paper
  • Finger paint paper
  • Paint brushes
  • Washable markers and crayons
  • Construction paper (different sizes and different colors)
  • Index cards
  • Highlighters
  • Easel pads
  • Tissue paper
  • Squeezable paint
  • Shape stencils
  • Paper for drawing
  • New school supplies (August only)



  • Thumb Drives (minimum 4GB) – Training Futures
  • Records & CDs – Thrift Stores
  • Electronic Games

Electronics in new or good condition can also be donated to any of NVFS’ thrift stores; all proceeds benefit NVFS.

Sports Equipment


  • Bikes (kids, teens, adults)
  • Children’s bike helmets (SERVE Family Shelter)

Sports equipment in new or good condition can also be donated to any of NVFS’ thrift stores; all proceeds benefit NVFS.



  • Incentive Awards for Moms (slippers, lotions, soaps, shower gels, perfume, nail polish, other small gift items)
  • Incentive Awards for Dads (sporting equipment, restaurant gift cards, other small gift items)
  • Funds to help clients obtain valid IDs or copies of IDs (i.e. driver’s license or other DMV ID, birth certificate, social security card)
    • It costs approximately $10 to obtain a DMV ID (non-driver ID issued by the DMV) and $12 to obtain a copy of one’s birth certificate in Virginia
  • Pens, dry-erase markers
  • Gift cards to CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Walmart, Target, etc. – Health Access programs
  • Pre-paid international calling cards
  • Group tickets to sports or cultural events – clients these can benefit include NVFS foster families and Multicultural Center clients
  • Artwork*
  • Luggage*
  • Gift items, collectibles, estate goods*

*These items most effectively help when donated to our thrift stores, where all proceeds benefit NVFS.