Housewares Program

ALIVE! Housewares Program assists persons in housing transition by providing basic housewares received from generous donors like you. Think about what you needed setting up your first apartment. Those are the same things our recipients need!


Contact Housewares with a description of the items you wish to donate and to schedule a time to drop them off at Fairlington United Methodist Church (3900 King Street).

Alternatively, you may drop off donations at the Sunrise Senior Living of Old Town front desk (400 N. Washington Street) daily from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Items Needed Clean and in Good Condition: 

Greatest Need
Sauce pans Bed pillows
Basic cooking utensils – spoons, spatulas, graters, peelers, whisk Shower curtains with new or like new liners
Can openers (manual) Vacuum cleaners 
Measuring spoons & cups Trash cans (kitchen-size)
Microwaves Brooms
Blenders Lamps
Crock pots
Can Also Accept

Queen and twin sheet sets

Dish sets – plates & bowls
Blankets & comforters Drinking Glasses
Bath towels & washcloths Flatware (knives, spoons & forks)
Bath mats Serving dishes and utensils
Dish towels & cleaning cloths Colanders
Napkins Cutting boards
Tablecloths/place mats Food storage containers
Mixers Knives
Toasters Mixing bowls
Coffee makers Skillets

Other items?  Please describe them in an email and we will let you know if we can take them. Check back regularly as the list can change as our inventory changes. Updated April 24, 2022.

Items NOT Needed:

Damaged, stained, or torn items
Cupcake tins, bundt cake pans, cookie cutters
Curtains and curtain rods
Decorative pillows
Holiday items
Outdoor grilling tools
Specialty/novelty utensils, appliances, or other items
Stemware – wine, champagne, martini, margarita, etc. glasses
Water bottles or travel mugs

Alexandria residents may recycle small kitchen appliances that are not appropriate for ALIVE! at Alexandria Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Collection, 3224 Colvin Street, Alexandria. Open Mondays and Saturdays, 7:30 am to 3:30 pm


To receive assistance, recipients must be referred by the Alexandria Office of Community Services 703-746-5700, an ALIVE! member congregation, or another social service agency. 

Get Involved

To volunteer with the Housewares Program, contact or


For more information, contact Housewares.