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WHC Collects

Throughout the year, we participate in a number of collection campaigns ranging from food drives to benefit the hungry in the D.C. metro area to blanket collections to help Syrian refugees. Giving back locally and internationally, our annual campaigns are an important part of fulfilling the values of tikkun olam at Washington Hebrew Congregation.

Mitzvah Day


Collecting items now through Sunday, April 30 at Temple and JBSC. 

Washington Hebrew Congregation's Mitzvah Day on Sunday, April 30 represents the culmination of our year-long focus on community service and our long-standing commitment to helping the homeless, sick, hungry, and underprivileged in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. community. Our work for Mitzvah Day starts now as we collect the items that we'll sort and pack as part of our upcoming volunteer projects.

Now through Sunday, April 30:

Collecting in Bins at Temple and the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center

  • Travel-size toiletries
  • New cleaning and home supplies: Sponges; multipurpose kitchen and bathroom cleaner; toilet paper; paper towels; dish and hand soap; toothpaste; toothbrushes; trash bags; and new kitchen, hand, and bath towels
  • New or gently used books
  • Unexpired non-perishable food

Collecting in Trailers at Temple and the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center
Storage trailers will be coming to the parking lots at Temple and JBSC in late March for the collection of these items.

  • New or gently used clothing
  • Sports equipment
  • Small household goods (no large, heavy items)
  • Shoes and cleats
  • Bikes for all ages
  • Books (new or gently used for children and adults)

We are unable to accept large items like sofas, refrigerators, and dressers. For more information, contact Naomi Abelson, 202-895-6328.

Help us with our planning by letting us know in advance what you will be donating. Click here to sign up.

BRAWS: Bringing Resources to Aid Women's Shelters


BRAWS (Bringing Resources to Aid Women's Shelters) supports homeless women by providing them with new (tags on, only) bras and underwear, as well as feminine hygiene supplies.

Unbeknownst to many people, these are some of the most requested critical needs by women in shelters. New bras and underwear and tampons, pads, and pantyliners are rarely donated, expensive items for a shelter to replenish, and not covered by food stamps. Insufficient access to these items often leads to unsanitary conditions and health problems.

To help BRAWS with their critical mission, we're encouraging our community to donate these items for Mitzvah Day. Please visit our Amazon Wish List and make a purchase to help this important cause. Please place your order now through Mitzvah Day - Sunday, April 30.

Click here to visit the Amazon Wish List.

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