Every winter, local shelters and organizations seek donations that will help keep people warm when they are experiencing homelessness. If you’ve got extra hats or mittens to spare, now’s a good time to pass them along to those who may need them.

Here are some shelters and organizations that welcome cold-weather donations, including scarves, hats, blankets, gloves, and socks.

Some accept them all, while others need only a few of those items, as noted below. If you choose a different place to donate, call ahead to find out what’s accepted, as donation requirements vary.

Bethesda Project

Bethesda Project annually serves more than 1,400 men and women experiencing homelessness.

What the group accepts: Heavy blankets/comforters, adult waterproof winter coats, thermals, hand warmers, gift cards, and more. A wish list of items can be found here.

To donate: Arrange a drop-off appointment for your items to be accepted. Donations are most easily accepted Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bethesda Project’s Our Brothers’ Place at 907 Hamilton St. Contact communitylife@bethesdaproject.org to schedule a drop-off.

📍 Multiple locations, 📞 513-280-2236, ✉️ communitylife@bethesdaproject.org, 🌐 bethesdaproject.org/in-kind-donations, 📷 @bethesda_project

Broad Street Ministry

Broad Street Ministry helps Philadelphians living in poverty with meals and social services.

What the group accepts: The organization accepts hats, scarves, gloves, and socks. Men’s sneakers, jackets, backpacks, and belts are always in high demand. A wishlist of other items can be found here. The group does not accept blankets; at the moment they are not accepting winter coats and jackets, suit jackets, dresses, skirts, high heel shoes, or children’s clothing.

To donate: Donations are accepted on weekdays from noon to 2 p.m., no appointment necessary. Place drop-offs near the front desk at 315 S. Broad St. All questions can be directed to donate@broadstreetministry.org.

📍 315 S. Broad St., 📞 215-735-4847, ✉️ volunteer@broadstreetministry.org 🌐 broadstreetministry.org 📷 @broadstreetmin

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People’s Emergency Center (PEC)

For families and youths experiencing homelessness, PEC offers housing, social services, access to early childhood education, and educational programs in career training, parenting, financial literacy, life skills, and technology.

What the group accepts: While the center still has plenty of winter clothing donations carried over from last year, they are in need of gift cards for young adults this year.

To donate: Donations of gift cards, of any amount, can be sent emailed to trishdowney@pec-cares.org, or mailed to Attn: Trish Downey, 325 N. 39th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19104. Cards from Target, Wal-Mart, and Amazon are in highest demand. You can also provide a monetary donation at pec-cares.org/donate-now. A wish list of other items can also be found here.

📍 325 N. 39th St., 📞 267-777-5800, ✉️ development@pec-cares.org, 🌐 pec-cares.org, 📷 @lancavephilly

Potter’s House Mission (PHM)

PHM is a nonprofit, community-based organization that provides transitional housing for homeless women with children and social services to the communities in West and Southwest Philadelphia and parts of North Philadelphia.

What the group accepts: PHM is seeking coats, hats, scarves, blankets, gloves, and socks, or monetary donations via mail or PayPal.

To donate: To arrange a drop-off, call the Rev. Jones at 215-416-3628. To learn more, visit pottershousemission.org/contact-us.

📍 524-26 South 52nd St., 📞 215-747-7477, 📧 pottershousem@aol.com 🌐 pottershousemission.org

Prevention Point

Prevention Point is a public health organization providing harm-reduction services for local communities affected by drug use and poverty.

What the group accepts: The nonprofit accepts socks, scarves, hats, gloves, blankets, and more. A wish list of other items can be found here. Prevention Point is in urgent need of monetary donations as part of its Winter Warmth Program, having raised a little over $19,000 of a $100,000 goal to help Philadelphians experiencing homelessness survive the winter season.

To donate: Arrange a drop-off by calling 215-747-7477 or contacting denise@ppponline.org or dale@ppponline.org, or send donations by mail to, Prevention Point Philadelphia, 2913/15 Kensington Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19134.

📍 2913-2915 Kensington Ave., 📞 215-634-5272, 🌐 ppponline.org, 📷 @preventionpointphiladelphia

Project HOME

Project HOME helps adults, children, and families break the cycle of homelessness and poverty through subsidized housing, adult learning, and workforce training, and social enterprise programming.

What the group accepts: The organization accepts hats, scarves, blankets, gloves, and socks. A wish list of other items, like personal care items and books, can be found here.

To donate: Mail or drop off donations to Project HOME’s Sacred Heart Recovery Residence, 1315 W. Hunting Park Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19140. Email questions to info@projecthome.org. To learn more, visit projecthome.org/donate.

📍 1515 Fairmount Ave., 📞 215-232-7272, ✉️ info@projecthome.org, 🌐 projecthome.org, 📷 @projecthomephl

Saint John’s Hospice

Saint John’s Hospice is a Catholic Social Services shelter for men in Center City. Services include providing meals, showers, mail room services, case management, medical assistance, counseling, and emergency shelter.

What the group accepts: The organization accepts hats, scarves, blankets, gloves, and socks. A wish list of other items can be found here.

To donate: To set up a donation time, contact Liz Small at esmall@chs-adphila.org. To learn more, visit saintjohnshospice.org/give-back/planned-giving.

📍 1221 Race St., 📞 215-563-7763, ✉️ esmall@chs-adphila.org, 🌐 saintjohnshospice.org

Youth Service Inc. (YSI)

YSI is a nonprofit that provides immediate shelter and support services to children, teens, and families in Philadelphia.

What the group accepts: The organization accepts hats, scarves, gloves, blankets, and socks. A wish list of other items can be found here.

To donate: To set up a donation time, contact Dan Brightcliffe at marketing@ysiphila.org or call 215-222-3262, Ext. 2029. To learn more, visit ysiphilly.org/give-2.

📍 410 N. 34th St., 📞 215-222-3262, ✉️ marketing@ysiphila.org, 🌐 ysiphilly.org, 📷 @ysiphilly

This article has been updated since it first published. Steven White contributed to this article.

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