Helping a family meet an immediate or seasonal need with a small, simple donation helps bring stability, easing the burden of homelessness and allowing the family to focus on more important long-term goals. If you’re interested in offering a donation, here are our most current needs (donations should be in-season and brand new):
- Donate stuffed backpacks for our Back-to-School Drive
- Baby wipes, teething toys, and all sizes of pull-ups and diapers
- Any of the items on our Amazon wishlists for one of our playrooms
- Grocery store gift cards (Safeway, Giant, Harris Teeter, and Target)
- Art supply store gift cards (AC Moore, Michaels, Utrecht)
- Gifts for teens (socks and underwear, jewelry, electronics, earbuds, skateboards, and MP3 players) and gift cards (H&M, GameStop, DTLR, Foot Locker, CVS, Starbucks, Target, other teen-friendly/metro accessible spots).
- Prizes to provide to Teen Program participants as incentive for good behavior, accomplishments, and participation.
What We Do Not Need
- Stuffed animals
- Gently-used toys or books
- Broken or incomplete toys
- Dolls that are Caucasian and do not reflect the population of children we serve
- Board games
- Used clothing or uniforms (click the link for options to donate uniforms)
If you have clothing items to donate, please consider donating them at a MetroAid Bin near you. We are honored to have been selected as a benefactor of MetroAid, which gives a portion of funds raised through sourcing and selling donated clothing to Playtime Project.
Note: Due to space constraints at our program sites and office, we cannot accept gently used, in-kind donations without prior approval. If you have goods you hope to donate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of delivery.
Please also consider making a monetary donation to the Playtime Project. General donations allow us the flexibility to meet the changing needs of families on a daily basis.
35 percent of adults in families experiencing homelessness are employed. For the remaining 65 percent, barriers to employment include inability to find affordable child care, expense of transportation, and lack of education or training needed for a competitive job market.