Sponsor a Drive
Sponsoring a Drive is one of the easiest and most effective ways to help our families. When you organize a drive for The Drake House, you are helping us to meet our client’s basic needs by supplementing our resources and stretch our budget.
How to organize a Drive
- Educate the community you are reaching out to about who The Drake House is and what services we provide.
- Pick a time frame to run your drive. It can be during a special event (Birthday party, Day of Service, VBS, Sports Tournament, a Holiday party, etc.) or over a period of time, such as several weeks.
- If you are planning a food drive, please ask the Volunteer and Resource Coordinator, for a list of most-needed food items: This list is on our website.
- Set up a collection box(es) or an area for donated items. Let the Volunteer and Resource Coordinator know when you plan to drop off donated items. Drop off times are Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- Thank you. Make sure you thank everyone that donates. Tell them just how awesome they are for supporting the homeless families in their community.
Ideas for Drives
Clean Sweep: Non-food items cannot be purchased with food stamps, so household cleaning supplies are items they often cannot afford to buy. These items include dish soap, dishwasher detergent tabs, Lysol toilet bowl cleaner, window cleaner, mops, brooms, toilet brushes, paper towels, sponges.
Squeaky Clean: Many of our clients in need of food assistance also have a need for basic toiletry and hygiene items. Non-food items cannot be purchased with food stamps. These items include toothbrushes, toothpaste, Q-tips, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner (for African American Hair), razors (disposable) and feminine hygiene items. Please Note: The pantry does not accept open or partially used hygiene items for our clients’ use, e.g. deodorant, toothpaste, mouthwash, unwrapped toothbrushes, etc.
Souper Bowl Sunday: Souper Bowl Sunday is a super-simple donation drive for canned soup and crackers that will help us keep our pantries stocked.
Italian Nights: Collect Spaghetti Sauce, Tomatoes Paste, Diced canned tomatoes, Canned Black Olives, Italian Dressing, Knorr Pasta & Rice Sides.
Undercover: Ask friends to donate new children and adult socks, underwear, panties, and bras.
Bundle Up: Perfect for Fall, a sock, glove/mitten, toboggan/hats, scarfs, coats, jackets, or winter pajamas drive would provide much needed items for us to give to the women and children who are currently residing at The Drake House.
Fill our Cup: As you can imagine, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and honey are a staple item at our facility! You can help “fill our cup” by providing these to our food pantry.
Change for a Change: Have a spare change for change collection at your work place, school, place of worship, or ask a local park, etc. Get the word out about The Drake House and the event. Then create collection containers where others can drop off their spare change. You can also start a giving chain and ask 5 friends to donate their spare change and then have them ask 5 of their friends to do the same. “Dimes make a difference” a 16 oz water bottle full of dimes adds up to $90!
Loads of Hope: A great theme for collecting bleach, liquid detergent, fabric softener sheets, and spot remover. For families going through times of crisis, having clean clothes can change how they feel about themselves and restore the fact that they belong, are able to take care of themselves and their children. We have an onsite laundry facility for our families to use at no cost.
Fill the Pantry: Food Drives are appreciated year-round. During the winter holiday season, we receive many generous food drive donations, but as the months get warmer, our food donations dwindle. Summer is a very hard time for families whose children receive free or reduced-price school breakfasts and lunches during the school year. Be a food drive pioneer and collect food during the summer! Please note: We do not accept expired food.
Gift Card: Hold a gift card drive. These are needed to meet immediate needs. Most useful: Home Depot, Visa, Walmart, Kroger and The Dollar Store.
Thread it Up: A women’s clothing drive can collect new or nearly-new suits, casual wear, shoes or even accessories like handbags and unused cosmetics or jewelry. Items can be dropped off at our Drake Closet locations: 825 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell 30075; 26 Old Roswell St., Alpharetta 30009; or 6030 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs 30328 The store hours are Tuesday-Friday 10:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Holding a clothing drive can be a creative and collaborative team-building exercise. But most importantly, it is a way to support women in your community and to help them take a crucial first step towards a better future. All of the women’s apparel we provide to our clients comes to us from our Drake Closet Stores. You can plan a campaign at your company, school, place of worship or association.
Women’s Clothing Guidelines
- Accessories – We accept good quality and work-appropriate jewelry.
- We also accept unworn stockings in unopened packages.
- Shoes- We accept nearly new and unworn shoes in all sizes. They must be business looking, smart, classic shoes – flats, heels or boots. All colors and styles are acceptable.
- Handbags-We accept new or gently used handbags. All colors and styles are acceptable.
Since opening our doors in 2010, we have discovered what types of clothing sell the best for us. This includes:
- Clothing, shoes, handbags & jewelry originally purchased within the past 5 yrs
- Clothing that is in “good” to “excellent” condition
- A good mixture of sizes—we need size 0 and up!
- A mixture of casual and business wear—we need both to stock our stores
- Higher-end brands always sell first and are most sought after by our customers
Because we sell only ladies’ clothing, there are a few things we can’t use:
- Men’s clothing
- Children’s clothing or toys (no room to store them)
- T-Shirts from walks, rides or races
- Household items
However, all finer home furnishings can be donated to The Drake House through our partner, City Antiques and Interiors. Sales from these donations go directly to support the funding of programming for the moms and their families at The Drake House. If you’re considering an estate sale, City Antiques will handle all of the details for you. Call Frank at 770.645.2525 for assistance.
Please note, when we receive other items, we forward them to other agencies in North Fulton. Everything we receive is used locally.