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.  Note that housewares appliances are not accepted at this site.

Items Needed Clean and in Good Condition:

Check back regularly as the list can change as our inventory changes.

Currently Have Room for More

Blankets (Queen/double/twin)
Bath mats
Shower curtains with new or like new liners
Soap dishes
Toothbrush holders
Food storage containers
Tea kettles


Currently Have Enough

Dish sets – plates & bowls Towels & washcloths
Flatware – knives, forks, & spoons  
Glasses & cups CLEANING
Serving dishes and utensils Dish towels & cleaning cloths
Tablecloths/place mats Trash cans (small to medium)
Napkins Vacuum cleaners
Cooking utensils – spoons, spatulas, graters, peelers, whisks  
Pots, pans and skillets BED
Can openers Sheets (Queen/double/twin)
Colanders Pillows & cases
Cutting boards  
Mixing bowls  
Coffee makers  

Other items? Please describe them in an email and we will let you know if we can take them.

Items NOT Needed:

Damaged, stained, or torn items
Cupcake tins, bundt cake pans, cookie cutters
Curtains and curtain rods
Decorative pillows
King size bedding
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). 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 organization.

Get Involved

To volunteer with the Housewares Program, contact the Volunteer Manager or call 703-548-9255.


For more information, contact Housewares.