Hosting a “Drive” 101

The Basics:

This guide contains information and suggestions on starting and running a successful drive to support The Salvation Army. If you have questions, please contact David Yarmuth, Director of Community Relations, at (502) 671-4917 or


How are the donated items used?

More than 200 men, women & children call The Salvation Army home each day; some just for the night, others for as long as two years. Meeting the basic needs of clients often starts in our Red Kettle Café where we serve nearly 400 meals daily and provide food boxes to nearly 7,000 households annualy from our pantry. While a bulk of our nutritious food comes via local food banks, we also rely on the donation of both canned and non-perishable food items directly from the general community. Clients also receive clean sheets, blankets, towels and toiletries upon arrival. Bedding items and towels are washed and bleached daily, which over time, leads to their eventual demise; thus the continual need to replenish our supply. Additionally, as part of our mission to help restore the dignity of our clients, we provide basic clothing necessities such as undergarments.


Ways to Help: 

Food Drive

Care Kit Projects 

Winter Coat Drive

Bed Sheets, Towels & Blankets Drive

Undergarments Drive 

Thanksgiving Turkey & Sides Drive

Create Your Own Drive


 Raise Donations:

Once you’ve decided on what kind of drive you’ll host, The Salvation Army can offer the use of its branded cardboard donation boxes that are folded flat and require easy assembly to assist with the collection. Contact David Yarmuth to request your donation box(es) from The Salvation Army, or (502) 671-4917.


Raise Money:

In lieu of collecting and donating specific items, you may elect to make a monetary donation to support the purchase of those necessities. Donate online at, click “Donate Now” on our home page.

 To donate by check, mail your donation to:

The Salvation Army of Louisville

P.O. Box 1149

Louisville, KY 40201-1149

(In the memo line please note which drive you wish to support)


 How should you get your donation to us?

We consider your delivery of collected items to The Salvation Army part of your generous donation. When The Salvation Army must pick up a donation, it requires us to expend our precious and limited resources. By delivering your donation to The Salvation Army, you help us be a good steward of those resources. However, if a donation is quite substantial, we can arrange a pick up if necessary.


Where you can find us:

We are located at 911 S. Brook Street, Louisville, KY 40203 (The old M.A.L.E High School) and have convenient hours for drop-off (listed below). It’s a good idea to call before you come to make sure we have staff ready to assist with your donation. Call our main number at (502) 671-4900 and let our team know when to expect you. Just pull into our south side parking lot nearest the playground and a team member will assist you in unloading your vehicle. Donation receipt requests must be submitted via email to with your name, address, phone number, date and type of donation.


 Donation Delivery Times:

Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (PLEASE CALL AHEAD to schedule a delivery time)


If your donation totals more than (6) filled cardboard collection boxes we will gladly schedule a pickup. Our team requires a two-week window to collect your donated items. Please contact David Yarmuth at (502) 671-4917 or to arrange pick-up.



Let’s Get Started

Register Your Drive

To register your drive, simply select the drive you wish to support above and then click on the “Register your drive today” link on that page.


How to make your drive SUCCESSFUL

Set Goals

Decide if your organization will collect items, money or both. Then set a goal based on an amount previously raised (last year’s total), or by the number of employees or participants. Setting a goal will make your drive more effective.


Announce the drive at organization-wide meetings, through email or online. Display flyers and posters and put collection boxes in highly visible locations. Contact David Yarmuth to use The Salvation Army logo on your flyers so that donors know you are working in coordination with us. Display a “drive” barometer or chart and update it frequently. Continue to communicate updates and reminders for the duration of your drive. If it’s a competitive drive announce which department or team is ahead.

Leadership by Example

Ask an executive to champion your drive. Ask them to make a personal appeal to staff or to make a leadership donation. See if your organization can match donations or make a challenge gift. People are better motivated when the value of their donation is multiplied.

Everybody Loves a Challenge!

Issue challenges and set a goal.


Competition between groups, floors or buildings always creates excitement and increases participation. Offer prizes or recognition to the winners. Your employer might want to sponsor a prize such as lunch for the winning team, dress-down days or paid time off (who doesn’t want to leave a few minutes early to beat the 5 o’clock traffic on a Friday!)


Basic Needs Drive Coordinator’s Checklist

  • Get Approval and help from your organization’s Community Relations or Human Resources Department or your supervisor.
  • Set the dates for your drive. Most drives last 2-4 weeks.
  • Register your drive – You can fill it out online HERE OR fill out the registration form and email to David Yarmuth:
  • Find convenient, high traffic areas for your collection boxes
  • Communicate the dates and locations of containers as well as progress
  • Promote the drive
  • Deliver collected items to The Salvation Army (911 S. Brook Street – old M.A.L.E High School)
  • Thank participants for their generosity and support!
  • Contact David Yarmuth: or (502) 671-4917 for any assistance