Seasonal Items Drive

In five easy steps, you can organize your very own collection drive

Step 1 — Choose what kind of collection drive to hold


• Warm Coat & Clothing Drive

Seasonal Items Drive

As the temperature begins to drop, the homeless and those in need are affected first hand. Help us provide warm coats and warm clothing so those in desperate need can bundle up and stay warm this winter season.

Warm Clothing Items Needed

  • Warm Coats and Sweaters
  • Knit pullover hats, gloves and scarves for men, women and children
  • Sizes: Small – XXXL

Download the Warm Coat & Clothing Shopping List
Download a 8.5x11 Coat Drive Poster
Download a 11x17 Coat Drive Poster

• Easter Basket Drive

Seasonal Items Drive

Homeless and needy children need to feel loved and seen as special. Help us share the good news of Easter with an Easter Basket and a few treats to help them remember that they are kids and to have fun.

Easter Baskets and Stuffers

  • Pre-Made baskets filled with grass (Medium-Size, $10-$15 Value)
  • 15 Individually wrapped candies (some chocolate)
  • Toy, stuffed animal or coloring book with crayons
  • Total Quantity Needed: 100 - 200

Download the Easter Basket Shopping List


• School Supplies Drive

School Supplies Drive

Help us give prepare inner-city youth for a successful start to the school year by giving them the tools to focus on their studies.

Items needed:

  • Bibles for Children
  • Paper (Binder, Loose-Leaf)
  • Calculators
  • Crayons
  • Glue (Elmer’s & Glue-stick)
  • Markers & Highlighters
  • Spiral Notebooks

Download the School Supplies Shopping List


• Holiday Food Drive

Christmas Dinner

Each year, we distribute thousands of holiday food bags to hungry, homeless and at-risk families in the Bay Area. Please help us make the holidays bright for our neighbors in need by donating some items on our shopping list.

Holiday Food Drive Wish List


Christmas Gift Drive

Help us make “the season bright” for the homeless and needy by giving Christmas gifts to them. Help us share the “reason for the season” with those in need!

• Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas Gift Ideas

  • Gifts for Boys & Girls Ages 7-16
  • Gifts for Men & Women Shelter Guest

Download the Christmas Gift Wish List


Step 2 ‒ How do you motivate your group?

Build excitement, compassion and action
• Competitive: Multiple groups trying to out-do each other.
    o Progress-O-Meter: Set a group goal / mini-goal per person and have a thermometer or gauge to show the progress of your drive.
• Compassion: Because of the great need, how could I not give or impact one life?
    o Guest Rescue Mission Speaker: come and talk about the Rescue Mission and tell about homelessness, recovery and the great need
• Contribution: Everyone has something to give. Value the act of giving; that’s what counts, not the substance of what was given.
• Social Games & Ice-Breakers
    o Scavenger Hunt ‒ Have multiple teams go out and see who can be the most creative on gathering specific items on a list

Step 3 ‒ Promote your Collection Drive.

Spread the word and make it visible

Here are a few Promotion Flyers for you to kick start your drive

Letter Poster
8-1/2” x 11”

Tabloid Poster
11” x 17”

Step 4 ‒ What to do once the items are collected?

  • Post-drive planning is important.
  • Complete Log sheet of volunteer hours
  • Complete Log sheet of expenditures
  • Assign a team member to deliver drive items and log sheets to the Mission
  • Schedule a tour of the Rescue Mission with your Drive team, (contact David Bradley)

Step 5 ‒ What are the benefits of giving special recognition?

Celebrate your team’s accomplishments with a special party, meeting or gathering.

Report on what your team or group was able to accomplish.

Provide a meaningful memento of what was accomplished.

  • Photos
  • Trophies or plaques (genuine, fun or humorous)
  • Special Recognition or perks

Ready, Set & Go!

Thank you so much for your interest in holding you own collection drive. We wish you “all the best” as you encourage others to care for the homeless and those in-need.

To get started, please fill out our Online Volunteer Form to let us know your plans.

Download a printable Collection Drives handout