by November 21, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,363 0


A homeless man on Connecticut Avenue NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

FactThe average person makes 24 percent of their annual donations between Thanksgiving and New Year’s and, despite a deep recession, charitable giving was up more than 3 percent in 2010 (Source: Charity Navigator).

Here at Borderstan we want to help you make the decision to give locally this year. That’s why we’re providing you with an easy way to make contributions to charities that provide support for our neighbors in Borderstan and DC. From health care to social services and the arts, philanthropies in our neighborhood make an impact on our community.

Gifts for the Homeless (GFTH) is holding its annual clothing drive, Friday, November 30, through Sunday, Deceember 2 at the Portals III, 1201 D Street SW.

During last year’s clothing drive, more than 400 volunteers sorted, bagged and delivered over 4,000 bags of gently used clothing to 63 area shelters, soup kitchens, transitional homes and other service organizations.

GFTH also solicits monetary donations, which it uses to purchase and distribute new clothing for many of the shelters it serves. GFTH has no paid staff and no overhead, so it uses 100 percent of the money donated to purchase new clothing items for homeless men, women, and children.

For more information, visit the GFTH website or Facebook page.

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by June 19, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,320 0

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Black Cat at 1811 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]

You’ve seen “Law and Order” enough times to grasp that lawyers know how to duke it out in the courtroom. But how do the suits handle being on stage? Well friends, it’s time to make your own ruling.

On Thursday, June 21, lawyers and employees from area law firms will compete in the ninth annual Battle of the Law Firm Bands at the Black Cat (14th and S NW) to benefit Gifts for the Homeless, Inc. (GFTH), a non-profit, all-volunteer organization supported by the city’s legal community to help the homeless.

Sixteen bands will compete on two different stages for the title of “Banding Together Champion.” All proceeds from the evening will be used to purchase thermal underwear, sweatshirts, sweatpants, hats, gloves, socks, blankets and other essential new clothing items for homeless men, women, and children.

All are invited to attend the event; a $10 cover charge gets you in the door. For more information, please visit the Gifts for the Homeless website.

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by November 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm 2,246 0

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Gift for the Homeless, Inc. collects clothing for the homeless. You can also make a donation to purchase clothing. (Luis Gomez Photos).

By Jana Petersen. You can email her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @jana_petersen.

Do you really need another tweed coat? Or another pair of REI thermals for that “not yet on the calendar” but most likely to occur blow-out ski weekend with your friends? Didn’t think so.

Donate clothing or make a contribution of any size. Example: $100 buys 1 dozen fleece blankets. Clothes can be dropped off through December 4.

Start your holiday season off right this year — give to those who are really in need: put that $25 or $100 where it will so some real good. Gifts for the Homeless, Inc (GCFH) is running its annual clothing drive this year through December 4. GFTH is a non-profit and volunteer-based organization dedicated to helping the homeless through fundraisers and clothing drives for  winter “must haves” — long underwear, hats, blankets and gloves, to name a few.

Each year, GFTH donates used clothing to approximately 70 shelters in the area — from transitional shelters to shelters for battered women and shelters for AIDS victims. Since GFTH is exclusively volunteer-based with no overhead or administrative costs, 100% of the donations and proceeds go to the homeless.

As in years past, GFTH cannot do it with your help. Help make this year as big of a success as last year — where the value of clothing and blankets for area homeless shelters topped $1 million!

Your contributions make a difference!

  • $25 purchases 5 dozen pairs of men’s socks
  • $33 purchases 1 dozen men’s heavy thinsulate-lined gloves
  • $50 buys 1 dozen hooded sweatshirts
  • $100 buys 1 dozen fleece blankets
  • $250 purchases five dozen sets of kid’s thermal underwear.

Extra clothes weighing you down?

GFTH is in need of shoes, winter sweaters, sleeping bags, blankets, coats, hats, gloves and toiletries — especially for men and children. Please make all contributions by Friday, December 2; you can leave your donations at the Portals III Complex at 12th and D Streets SW in DC.  The clothing drive (sorting and delivering) will take place at the same location Friday, December 2 through Sunday, December 4. If you are interested in volunteering at this event, please visit the volunteer page.

Donate online or by mail!

You can contribute via check or online. All donations are tax deductible. Please make checks payable to “Gifts for the Homeless, Inc.”

GFTH was created in 1986 by lawyers in the district as part of an effort to give back to the city during the holiday season. Over the years, GFTH has grown into a year-round operation that collects used clothing and monetary donations (used to purchase new clothing such as socks, sweatshirts, long underwear, blankets, hats and gloves.

by November 30, 2010 at 7:54 pm 2,172 0

From Berrak Sarikaya

Gifts for the Homeless

Donate your used clothing this weekend. (Courtesy Gifts for the Homeless)

Clean out your closet and do a good deed at the same time. This weekend Gifts for the Homeless, Inc. (GFTH) holds its annual used clothing drive. Bring your clothes to The Portals III on D Street between 12th and 13th St. SW (map) from Saturday to Sunday. Hours are 8:30 am to 6:30 pm.

Several hundred volunteers will be coming together to sort, categorize, repackage and then deliver the thousands of bags of donated clothing, blankets, and other necessities to dozens of area shelters to distribute to the homeless. For more than 20 years, GFTH’s annual Used Clothing Drive has distributed tens of thousands of bags of used clothing to shelters in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

There is still time for interested offices, individuals, families, and school groups to donate clothing and/or to volunteer. For more information or to make a donation, visit GFTH’s website.

“The clothing we collect each year is delivered to more than 70 area shelters, from an eight-bed home for men with AIDS to a 1,600 bed facility serving men, women and children,” said Bart Epstein, president of GFTH, which is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization supported by the region’s legal community.

A volunteer with GFTH says, “Anyone with donations literally can drive up on the side of the building (near the Mandarin Oriental hotel) and volunteers will collect the donations curbside, so there’s no need to find a parking spot and that makes it extra easy and quick to donate. Donations also can of course be brought in by hand.”

“Every year, we meet the needs of more and more homeless people and families by delivering warm clothing to increasing numbers of shelters and soup kitchens. We intend to serve every facility in the region that helps the homeless — from emergency shelters to transitional shelters to shelters for battered women and children to soup kitchens. Any shelter or soup kitchen in the area with needs should let us know so that we can do our best to meet their needs.”

GFTH was created in 1986 by lawyers in the district as part of an effort to give back to the city during the holiday season. Over the years, GFTH has grown into a year-round operation that collects used clothing and monetary donations (used to purchase new clothing such as socks, sweatshirts, long underwear, blankets, hats and gloves.

by June 23, 2010 at 5:22 pm 1,298 0

Gifts for the Homeless Black Cat Borderstan

Thursday, June 24 at the Black Cat.

“Chicago-style voting” is on tap Thursday night at the Black Cat for the annual fundraiser to benefit Gifts for the Homeless. You can “vote early and often” in support of your favorite band as 12 bands battle it out for best band.

The organizers are promising a dozen local bands who will compete to raise the most money from the crowd. Admission is $10 and doors open at 7 pm and the event runs to 12:30 am.

Just after the stroke of midnight, one band will be crowned champion for having raised the most money from the crowd through “Chicago-style” voting, where each dollar equals one vote. (Vote early and often!)

Last year’s concert raised more than $100,000 and used 100% of it to buy blankets and essential clothing items for DC’s homeless, which was delivered to more than 30 local shelters. The down economy this year is making everything harder on the homeless so it is more important than ever for everyone to come out, have a fun night at a great nightclub, and donate/vote for a wonderful cause!

In addition to the group’s website, Gifts for the Homeless has a great Facebook Page where you can get more information.


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