2023 Thanksgiving Grocery Gift Card Donations and Winter Coats

Thanksgiving Grocery Store & General Gift Card Drive:

We will be providing grocery store gift cards for our families in the community rather than collecting food items directly.


We are critically running low on gift cards for our clients, with inflation we have seen an increase in support our clients need to access basic necessities and thus try to provide them with gift cards whenever possible. Additionally, we support over 150 individuals and families in the community and hope to collect enough grocery store gift cards to ensure all of them have a fantastic feast for Thanksgiving.

We are asking for gift cards to local grocery stores like Harris Teeter, Giant, Aldi’s, Safeway, Food Lion, Walmart, and/or Visa gift cards in $25 to $100 increments. The distribution amount for the clients we support in the community will be based on the number of gift cards we receive and the size of the household. With that in mind we have a goal of collecting 450 gift cards by Tuesday, November 21st.

Whether it be donating gift cards or hosting a drive, any assistance with reaching our target would be greatly appreciated! Donations can be made any day of the week between 9am and 9pm using the process outlined below. We ask that you email Demi Henry at DHenry@CarpentersShelter.org once the donation has been made, with the number and amounts of the gift cards donated to help with tracking. Please spread the word! With your support and advocacy, we hope to collect enough grocery store gift cards to ensure that none of our clients go without food on Thanksgiving Day.



2023 Winter Coat Drive!

It is getting cold and there are families in our community who we want to ensure have the necessities to remain warm this winter season. We are currently in need of winter coats for our shelter residents and shelter graduates as the weather is quickly changing.

How to Sponsor the Winter Coat Drive:
If you are interested and decide to sign up in providing a coat, please sign-up here

Please keep in mind that you are able to sponsor more than one individual if you would like. We ask that you give us an ETA on when you may be able to deliver the coats you sign up for (we want to let our clients know when the winter coats will be received.)

Organization/ Group Sponsor:
We have already begun collecting sizing information from our clients. If you are interested in assisting by hosting a new coat drive on our behalf, please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Demi Henry at DHenry@CarpentersShelter.org.

We can share our excel spreadsheet with you which will include the client’s names, their gender, size, and color preference. You will be able to access all the coat requests and sign up for any you would like to fulfill. We do ask that the coats be brand new or as new if possible.

What are next steps:
Please either have the coat(s) shipped directly to Carpenter’s Shelter or you can drop off all donations no later than November 22, 2023.
Address: Carpenter’s Shelter, 930 N. Henry St Alexandria, VA 22314
If you choose to ship, please address “Attn: Demi Henry” labeled with the individual’s name on each coat or in with the individual’s names in the “gift message” section if you are shipping online. (Ex: Jazmin T., Blue Coat Size 10.)

We are incredibly grateful for your continued generosity! Thank you!