Ongoing Needs

Donate items that help local families

Donate items to help families and individuals in Northern Virginia! Unless otherwise specified, please contact 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 our thrift store.
  • Shower shoes – SERVE Family Shelter
  • Baby clothing
  • Sun hats – SERVE Family Shelter

Clean clothes, shoes and accessories can also be donated to NVFS’ thrift store; 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 (must be new in the box and 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 Store
  • Large furniture items – Thrift Store (pickup by thrift store staff may be possible: please call our store for information)
  • Housewares, linens, small appliances – Thrift Store
  • 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 NVFS’ thrift store; 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 NVFS’ thrift store; 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 Store
  • Electronic Games

Electronics in new or good condition can also be donated to NVFS’ thrift store; 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 NVFS’ thrift store; 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 store, where all proceeds benefit NVFS.