Homelessness nonprofit to hold donation drive this week

The D.C. General family homeless shelter, located at 1900 Massachusetts Ave. SE, is slated for closure. (Brian Kapur/The Current/June 2017)

The nonprofit Gifts for the Homeless organization is collecting donations on Friday and Saturday, and seeking volunteers to help handle them, at its 2300 N St. NW location.

The group is requesting men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, along with coats, hats, gloves, scarves, shoes, blankets, sleeping bags, sheets, towels and unopened toiletries, according to a release.

Donations can be dropped off from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday and from 8:30 to noon on Saturday.

The organization is also hoping to bring together 300 volunteers to sort the donations and deliver them to local shelters and homelessness service providers. It primarily recruits lawyers through participating companies and government agencies, but also encourages community volunteers to register at gfth.org. It’s seeking volunteers for shifts on Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.