Your donations help us purchase tents, sleeping bags, heaters, food, toiletries, emergency hotel rooms, and much more! We are a 501(c)(3) organization; your donations are tax deductible. Donate Now via PayPal.
OR you can send a personal check or money order payable to:
Moments of Hope Outreach
P.O. Box 161, Studley, VA 23162
Federal Tax ID 81-1110291
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For those unaffiliated with a church, who seek to tithe, we'll humbly receive and be good stewards of your gifts.
We're committed to boosting the self esteem of those we serve through the gifts we give them. When Jesus said in Matthew 25:31-46 that when we do for the "least of these", we do for Him, We choose to interpret that two ways. We did for them as He would have done. And we did for them as if they were Him. This prompts two questions...
Would He give rags and raunchy items? Or would He give the very best He could?
Would you give Him rags and raunchy items? Or would you give Him the very best you could?
If you believe "beggars can't be choosey", then you completely miss the spirit of what we're about...creating Moments of Hope...instead of reinforcing a diminished self esteem.
We serve two very different populations with very different clothing needs.
Our Saturday Afternoon Servings guests eagerly sift through clothing donations we place on tables. Because we lack space at our warehouse, we ask donors to bring clothing donations to our Saturday Servings events location between 1pm-2pm. Our volunteers will help distribute it, and you're welcome to join them! We'll gladly provide a receipt.
Used items must be "gently used," in-season, AND recently washed or dry-cleaned. We do not accept clothing with tears or stains, or that smells moldy, musty or smokey, nor shoes or boots with holes. The following are the items in greatest need:
Blue Jeans - New & Used
Socks - New Only
Underwear - New Only
Winter Boots - New & Used
Winter Coats - New & Recently Dry-Cleaned Used
Winter Gloves - New Only - Insulated Only
Winter Hats - New Only
Our Mo Hope Pantry currently does not accept clothing donations due to lack of storage space. We stopped offering clothing at our pantry due to lack of interest/need among our pantry guests, and our need to increase the volume of food and toiletry provided.
Please do not drop off clothing donations at our pantry!
Our Mo Hope Pantry relies solely upon private donations of canned goods & toiletries to keep our shelves stocked. We accept donations of the following items during our normal pantry hours:
Boxed/bagged beans, pastas, rice, etc.
Canned fruits, pastas, meats, proteins, soups, veggies, etc.
Farm fresh eggs, fruits, meats, veggies, etc.
Frozen fruits, meats, pastries, veggies, etc.
Toilet paper, feminine hygiene items, soap, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, razors, toothbrushes & toothpaste, laundry detergent, etc.
Mo Hope Pantry hours:
Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays 9am-12pm
Tuesdays, Wednesdays 7pm-9pm
**Please call to make sure we're open before heading our way...(804) 913-9151
We ONLY accept NEW sleeping bags and tents. Most of the previously used sleeping bags we've received have arrived with tears, broken zippers, or smelling moldy. Most of the previously used tents we've received have arrived with missing components, tears, and broken zippers. We've had to replace too many of these items shortly after giving them out, because they failed. And gifting a moldy tent missing poles or a musty sleeping bag with broken zippers does little to boost the self esteem of the recipient.
Our typical friend living outdoors in a tent will need a replacement tent and sleeping bag every three (3) months. This is primarily due to most store-bought tents & sleeping bags not being designed nor constructed for daily use 365 days per year.
Tents...The lack of private property that is not "posted" prohibiting trespassing has made our friends nomadic to avoid legal consequences. This requires their tents be small and easily taken down, packed, and transported...in many cases on a daily basis. We only have need for 1-person, 2-person, and 3-person tents. Ideally, the tent will have a rainfly that covers the entire tent.
Sleeping Bags...Fall, Winter, Summer, Spring? Mummy, Rectangular, X-Large? We do our best to provide sleeping bags suited for current seasonal conditions for obvious reasons...a Summer bag lacks sufficient insulation to keep someone warm in freezing temps, and a Winter bag has too much insulation to sleep in during hot Summer nights. Not all of our homeless friends are average height and skinny. Many won't fit in typical mummy bags, and require "jumbo" or "big & tall" bags. We'll gladly accept any new sleeping bags you bring us at our Mo Hope Pantry or Saturday Servings events, and we'll handle the details from there. Those we serve who live outdoors typically go through 3-4 sleeping bags per year for seasonal changes and because only expensive military spec sleeping bags are designed for daily use for several months at a time.