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How to Help

Greatest Needs

Donating is always the best way to support Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSSNCA).

Our “How to Help” tab will guide you to top needs, and below are three of our current greatest needs. 


LSSNCA Winter Coat Drive

We need your help keeping those in need warm this winter.  New or (washed) lightly used coats, gloves, scarves, and/ or hat donations are being requested for all ages.  Donations can be dropped off from 10 a.m.- 4p.m, Monday- Friday, at one of our three drop-off locations. 

Woodbridge, VA- 3320 Noble Pond Way, Suite 202, Woodbridge, VA, 22192

Fairfax, VA- 3975 Fair Ridge Drive, Suite 100 North, Fairfax, VA 22033

Greenbelt, MD- 7474 Greenway Center Drive, Suite 1200, Greenbelt, MD 20770


Greater Washington D.C. Area

Our unaccompanied refugee minor (URM) foster care program is seeking foster parents who live in Maryland towns/cities bordering the District of Columbia. The transitional foster care program is also looking for Spanish-speaking foster parents and communities in and around Fairfax, VA

Our transitional foster care program also needs to spruce up the education and recreation spaces for kids! If you have any new or gently used books, games, toys, etc. Please email engagement@lssnca.org.

We've launched our TFC program and the kid-friendly space - and our young clients - need some TLC! Donations are needed to welcome unaccompanied children and make the space more kid-friendly. Click the link below and chose an item to donate from our TFC Amazon Wish list.


Resettling Refugees from Afghanistan and Around the World

To meet the needs of arriving families, we ONLY accept items on our Amazon Wish Lists and/or the following delivered items:

  • Laptops (NEW only)
  • Smartphones (new or refurbished) and SIM Cards (Mint Mobile preferred)
  • Gift Cards (Visa, Target, Walmart, Giant, Uber, Safeway, and Lyft)

Basic Needs (NEW only):

  • Hygiene (toilet paper, shower products, deodorant, razors, oral hygiene kits, first aid kits, tampons, menstrual pads, nail clippers)
  • Cleaning Supplies (all-purpose cleaner, dish soap, laundry detergent, sponges)
  • Kitchenware (pots/pans, cutlery, cups/plates/bowls)
  • Linens and Towels (blankets, sheets, pillows for all size beds)
  • Kids (diapers all sizes, pull-ups, bottles, pacifiers, wipes, baby wash, car seats, booster seats, strollers)

Visit our Donate Goods page for our Amazon Wishlist and drop-off address/times. We do not provide donation pick-ups. 


Ukraine

We're creating pathways to support Ukrainians - whether they are seeking asylum, reunifying through the Lautenberg program, or arriving with humanitarian parole and sponsored directly by neighbors like you. We’re here to provide our experience, network, and services as we all welcome our new neighbors fleeing for safety. However, our support requires private funds as the U.S. government is not using the U.S. resettlement program for Uniting for Ukraine. Your donation will help us provide direct assistance to Ukrainians and support for their sponsors.


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