We support young people with everyday help from our community. Each day, donations of food, clothing, personal hygiene supplies, household and kitchen items, and more help us spend less on these items and put more funds toward our improving our programs. We appreciate all who give and help young people write their Second Story.
If you would like to donate an item not listed below, please contact our Director of Resource Management at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.506.9191 during administrative office hours to confirm that we can accept your donation. Please contact us in advance before donating electronics, furniture, televisions, computers, or other large items.
If you are interested in donating items from our program wish lists, please see below.
Please bring donations to our receiving area at Second Story for Teens in Crisis, our emergency shelter that offers safe haven to teenagers. The shelter is at 2100 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA 22182.
Dropoff times are:
8 AM to 6 PM, Monday through Friday
2 PM to 5 PM Saturday and Sunday
Below are suggested donation items that our young people need every day.
Gift Cards. Cards in small amounts for Best Buy, Microcenter, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Babies R’Us, Toys R’Us, Walmart, Kmart, movie passes, Staples, Home Depot, grocery stores, gas stations, car washes, and housecleaning services.
School Supplies. 3-ring binders, binder padfolios, lined paper, spiral notebooks, dividers, color markers, glue sticks, glue, pens, flash cards, pencils, crayons and colored pencils, scissors, calculators, backpacks.
We conduct a school supply drive each summer to prepare youth for the school year.
Food. Fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh meat and poultry, rice and grains, canned and dry beans, nuts, milk, fruit juice, canned goods, granola bars, dry cereal, taco shells, taco mixings, hot dogs, salty and sweet snacks, baby formula, baby food, grocery store gift cards.
Kitchen. Small kitchen tables, table-top microwaves, high chairs, toaster oven, small one-person dish sets, cooking utensils, eating utensils, bowls, plates, drinking glasses, unused oven mitts, unused dish towels, sponges, ziplock bags, garbage cans, tall garbage bags, dish soap, dishwasher detergent, napkins, paper towels, disposable plates and cups.
Bathroom. Hygiene products such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine hygiene products, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, soap, face/body wash, hair styling products, products for Black American hair, hair gel, face/body lotion. Personal items such as unused combs and brushes, barrettes and hair ties. Other items such as diapers, baby wipes, baby powder, and diaper-rash lotion, bath mats and bathroom rugs, unused bath towels, and toilet paper.
Bedroom. Twin bed mattresses and box springs in new condition, twin bed frames, small clothing dressers, clothes hangers, shelves, small reading desks, small desk chairs, reading lamps, indoor extension cords, area rugs, new bed linens and comforters, new pillows.
Clothing (children and teens). New socks, new undergarments, plain T-shirts, new boxers, maternity clothes, sweatshirts and sweaters, belts, fleeces and jackets, gloves, hats, scarves, boots, shoes.
Educational and Recreational Activities. Board games, card games, bicycles, bike helmets, outdoor sports equipment, sports balls, nature play kits, art and craft supplies, coloring books, video game systems, portable mp3 players, DVD players, children’s movie DVDs, math and word flash cards, children’s books, novels for children and teens.
Office Supplies. Staples gift cards, copy paper, two-pocket folders, flash drives, power strips.
Electronics. If you are interested in donating any sort of electronics item to Second Story, please contact us to see whether it is needed.
Transportation. Gas station gift cards, Metro passes, Metrobus tokens, single/double strollers.