The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) needs your help with warm winter gear for their 38,000 clients throughout Maryland. 

Established over a century ago, the NCCF has grown to become one of the state's best resources for families in need. During their annual winter coat drive, they encourage the community to help the less fortunate by donating items like hats, scarves, coats, and gloves.

When and where can I drop off items?

NCCF accepts donations Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on their campus at 6301 Greentree Road in Bethesda. Your donations will be distributed all throughout the region to over 38,000 NCCF clients.

What exactly is needed?

New or gently used outerwear like boots, coats, gloves, scarves, snow pants, warm sweaters, and mittens are needed. If you are able to give new items, long underwear and socks are needed a well. 

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Financial donations are always welcome and can be combined with vendor discounts to purchase new items too. Call (301) 365-4480 to process a donation over the phone or visit the NCCF secure donation website.

Can I host my own drive?

Absolutely! Have fun with family and friends organizing your own mini-drive before you make your big donation. The Project Warmth website has great tips on how to start and organize a drive. If you have specific questions about it, contact Jermaine Lemons, the In-Kind Resource Specialist at (301) 365-4480 ext. 109.

Is there anything else I can do to help?

If you have time to spare, NCCF always needs volunteers to help sort and distribute donations. Visit the NCCF volunteer page for additional information or call Dahlia Levin, Director of External Affairs, at (301) 365-4480 ext. 113.

Have you volunteered at or donated to the National Center for Children and Families? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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