Give Back Challenge

Restore Hope Give Back Challenge

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and in the spirit of the holiday, we want to challenge you to get involved and give back to your community. Each day from November 18th – Giving Tuesday on December 1st, 2020 we will post a new challenge on our social media pages and website. Post a photo/video/graphic and use the hashtag #rhgivebackchallenge to share your giving with us. We can’t wait to see your posts!

Monday, November 30, 2020 – Nonprofit Wishlist

Today is Cyber Monday, and as you browse for deals, we challenge you to make a purchase to support a local nonprofit organization. Many organizations have a wish list on Amazon where your purchase is shipped directly to the nonprofit or a list of needed items on their website. Happy shopping and don’t forget to use!

Restore Hope Amazon Wish List – Winter Gift Bags

Saturday & Sunday, November 28-29, 2020 – Buy Someone a Coffee

A simple act of kindness can bring a smile and a spark of hope. This weekend we challenge you to buy someone a cup of coffee. Pay for the person behind you in line at your local coffee shop, send a friend a gift card (bonus – set up a virtual coffee hangout!), or buy a cup for someone experiencing homelessness on the street.

Starbucks digital gift card

Dunkin Donuts digital gift card

Friday, November 27, 2020 – Amazon Smile

Today as you do your Black Friday shopping online, we challenge you to sign up for Amazon Smile to support a non-profit of your choice. Amazon will make a donation to your chosen organization any time you complete a purchase through

Support Restore Hope on Amazon Smile  

Find an organization to support

Thursday, November 26, 2020 – Reach out to a Neighbor

Happy Thanksgiving! No one should have to spend a holiday feeling alone. Today we challenge you to reach out to someone who may be alone and bring them some holiday cheer! Be sure to stay COVID safe by avoiding large gatherings, practicing social distancing, and wearing a mask!

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 – Volunteer at a Food Bank

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and many families are relying on food banks to put food on the table. Today we challenge you to volunteer at a local food bank. Grab a friend and help feed families in your community!

Food Bank for NYC

Capital Area Food Bank

Find a local food bank here.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 – Encouragement Cards

The holidays can be a lonely time for many, especially for those who are unable to be with family due to COVID-19 or other circumstances. Today we challenge you to write cards or notes of encouragement for those who are struggling this holiday season. This is a great family activity! You can write cards/notes to neighbors or to those at a local homeless shelter, nursing home, or hospital.

Restore Hope is collecting notes and cards of encouragement to be shared with homeless women in New York City and Washington, DC this holiday season.

Monday, November 23, 2020 – Thanksgiving Meals

As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this week, some families may be wondering how they will put a holiday meal on the table. Today we challenge you to help provide a Thanksgiving meal for a family in your community. You can donate food items to a family directly, provide a gift card to a local grocery store, or find a local organization that is accepting donations to help provide for those in need.

You can find gift cards to many grocery stores on Amazon.

Saturday & Sunday, November 21-22, 2020 – Distribute Donations

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the Restore Hope Give Back Challenge! This weekend is a great time to distribute your socks and care packages. Let us know where you are donating your items!

Friday, November 20, 2020 – Sign up to volunteer at

Giving of your time and talents is a great way to give back to your community. Today we challenge you to visit to find an organization or cause you are passionate about and sign up for a volunteer opportunity. Many organizations, including Restore Hope, are offering virtual volunteer opportunities during COVID-19. Grab a friend and jump in to lend a hand!

VolunteerMatch Home Page

Restore Hope VolunteerMatch Page

Thursday, November 19, 2020 – Donate care packages

Good personal hygiene is an important part of a healthy life, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. This can be a challenge for our friends experiencing homelessness as they often have limited access to hygiene products. Today we challenge you to donate care packages for people in your community. You can give these to individuals or an organization in your city, or you can donate them to Restore Hope. You can purchase pre-made care packages or create your own with travel-sized items such as:

  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • deodorant
  • lotion
  • soap
  • shampoo
  • hand sanitizer
  • comb
  • hand warmers
  • socks
  • snacks (trail mix, granola bars)

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 – Donate Socks

Did you know that socks are the most requested item at homeless shelters? This basic item is essential to keep our friends’ feet healthy, warm, and dry, especially during the cold, wet winter months. Today we challenge you to donate socks to those experiencing homelessness in your community.

– Donate socks directly to an individual or organization. Always be sure to contact the organization to find out if/how they are receiving donations!

– Purchase socks from Bombas – for every pair you buy, a pair is donated: Purchase here

– Donate socks to Restore Hope: View our Amazon Wish List