By Becca Freed

Right now, when we’re having the lowest temperatures of the year and wet weather to boot, the clients of the Women’s Daytime Drop-in Center could really use your help. The Drop-in Center needs warm clothes for women and kids, including rain ponchos and coats, umbrellas, socks, hats, and gloves.

Photo: Sisters Project

The center, which has served Berkeley’s homeless and low-income women and children for over 20 years, provides breakfast and lunch on weekdays, along with support groups, referrals to social services, and a children’s program. The center always needs toiletries to provide to clients, including toothpaste and deodorant. Diapers, especially for toddlers, are also an ongoing need. An easy way to donate diapers is through the center’s Amazon wish list.

Photo courtesy of the Sisters Project
Photo: Sisters Project

The center hosts a holiday party for clients as well. You can donate gifts for women and kids, especially older kids, or even volunteer to help put on the party. To arrange for a donation, contact the center by phone (510-548-2884) or e-mail (

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