Throughout the year, there are many ways you can give of your time and resources. Through partnerships with other local, national, and international organizations, Washington Street UMC seeks to offer God’s love in any way necessary. Please check back here throughout the year to find other donation opportunities.

Open Table

open tableOpen Table provides community and breakfast each Monday morning. There are often needs of food supplies, but there are additional needs for the guests of Open Table.

The current needs for Open Table include:

  • large socks
  • underwear for men and women
  • travel toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shaving cream, disposable razors, etc.)
  • breakfast juices (orange juice, apple juice, etc.)
  • new or like-new t-shirts

Click here for more information on Open Table and to see how you can be part of this vital ministry in the community. You can also contact  the church office if you are interested in helping with this program.

Washington Street works with A.L.I.V.E to help provide needs for local members of the Alexandria community. If you are able to donate any of these items, please call ALIVE! House (703-684-1430) or email [email protected].

The current needs for A.L.I.V.E

  • Baby wipes
  • Metro fare cards
  • Laundry detergent
  • Bleach
  • Cleaners: bathroom and kitchen
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Trash bags
  • Bath towels/washcloths
Carpenter's Shelter
Carpenter’s Shelter has a variety of needs year round. Some are seasonal, but many are needed during each season of the year.

Donations can be dropped off M-F 9-5 p.m. Carpenter’s Shelter is located at 930 North Henry Street in Alexandria. For more information about donating in-kind to the Carpenter’s Shelter, please email Kelly McDermott, Volunteer Coordinator, at [email protected].

Shelter Needs:


  • Coffee
  • Cereal (full size and single-serve boxes)
  • Instant oatmeal packets
  • Granola bars
  • 100% pure juice boxes


  • Sunscreen
  • Size 3-6 Diapers
  • Deodorant
  • Advil/Tylenol
  • Cold Medicine (not liquid)
  • Razors
  • Toothpaste
  • Neosporin
  • Vitamins


  • Smart Trip Cards
  • Target Gift Cards
  • Walmart Gift Cards
  • Air Mattresses
  • Full-size bath towels
  • Wash cloths
  • Dish towels
  • Sponges
  • Laundry Detergent

To learn more about the Carpenter’s Shelter and other ways you can be involved in their mission in Old Town, visit their website at

Operation Christmas Child (OCC)

A small shoebox can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal. Be a part of changing children’s lives all over the world in Jesus’ Name through the power of a simple gift with Operation Christmas Child.

To learn more about how to pack a shoebox for OCC and what to put in the shoebox, check out the Pack A Shoebox site at the Samaritan’s Purse website.

Thank you for participating in this wonderful ministry and for sharing the love of Christ with children around the world in this special Christmas Season!