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Holiday & Winter Donation Drives

With the holidays and the change of seasons around the corner, there are a number of ways that UF students, faculty, and staff can contribute to our community partners.  We've compiled a list of different in-kind or monetary donation opportunities that is being sponsored by our community partners.   

ESOL Closet drive 

The BCLS will be hosting a drive for the ESOL Closet this Nov. 15-30th. The following items can be dropped off at the BCLS Office on the 2nd floor of the Reitz Union:

- Food, drinks, snacks (nonperishable) 

- Health and beauty items, toiletries (unused)

- Cleaners and household supplies (unused)

- Sports equipment (used is fine)

- Bedroom decorations

Large donations, such as furniture and household appliances can be picked up by Louise (contact by call/text at 352-281-0836 or email at

The ESOL Closet began in 1997 with one couch. The ESOL Closet now receives donations from UF and Santa Fe students and the community at large. Everything is taken to Gainesville High School where it is organized for families to come and take what they need. The principal at GHS is very supportive of the Closet and has given them several rooms where they keep the donated items. They deliver things to people who can not take home what they chose. They assist ESOL students, GHS families, newly placed homeless vets and families , UF students and others in need. Everything is free. 

united way of north central florida - united for the holidays

The United Way of North Central Florida are looking for donations of toys or gifts for ages 0 to 18!  There is a high need for gifts for infants and older teens. All gifts should be unwrapped and no violent toys or play weapons are allowed.  If you're interested in collecting gifts for United for the Holidays, contact Norinda Yancey at  

Southwest advocacy group

During our weekly clothing closet this week, the Southwest Advocacy Group became aware that some families could really use some fall clothing for themselves and their children.  If you have gently used fall and winter clothing that is in great shape, the SW Advocacy Group would love to receive them for our clothing closet at SWAG.  There is a need for warmer clothing for adults, as well. Since their resource center is so well used and has very limited storage space, they would ask that donors only bring in their medium and heavier weight clothing donations now that the days are growing cooler. They simply don't have room to store summer and spring styles. SW Advocacy Group would also ask that items be in good repair and ready to wear.  They don't have a washer or dryer at the center, and they can't make repairs. Thank you for giving and sharing your "last season" treasures with others!

Warm for the Winter Coat Drive

During the weeks of November 9th- November 27th, please drop off any unwanted warm clothing. The clothing will be donated to Grace Marketplace. The drop-off locations include the International Center at the Hub and the Brown Center for Leadership and Service on the second floor of the Reitz.

Catholic Charities of Gainesville

At the holidays and through out the year Catholic Charities depends on your support and generosity in making sure that no one in need is never turned away.  The following items are needed: 
Food — canned vegetables, pasta, rice, cereal, tuna, peanut butter, soups, canned fruit
Diapers — all sizes of disposable diapers, baby wipes
School Supplies — notebooks, paper, pens, crayons, backpacks, markers, pencils
Baby Items — car seats, clothes, toys, blankets, diaper bags
Christmas Gifts — toys, books, clothes, jewelry, sports equipment, gift cards
Personal Care Items — Shampoo, lotion, feminine products, deodorant 
Miscellaneous — pet food, bottled water, blankets 
Donations can be dropped off to their office Mon-Fri * 9am-4pm * 1701 NE 9th Street.