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Simply Donate

simplyDONATE from the comfort of your home!

A new program from Mel Trotter Ministries that enables you to donate goods and automobiles from the comfort of your own home.  These donated items will be picked up and sold in our thrift stores to raise funds that help the homeless, hungry, and hurting in Greater Grand Rapids.

simplyDONATE can be utilized for pickup of furniture, gym equipment, multiple bags of clothing, appliances, vehicles and much more.

To schedule your at-home goods pickup, please click here.

To schedule your at-home vehicle pickup, please click here or call (616) 588-8787 ext. 521.

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Auto Donation FAQ

Donate your vehicle

To make the donation process convenient for you, we will pick the vehicle up from your home or business at no expense. In addition, your donation is tax-deductible. 

 What type of vehicles does Mel Trotter accept?

We accept cars, trucks, vans, SUVs and motorcycles, ATV’s, snowmobiles, and lawn tractors.

 How/Where do I donate my vehicle?

Mel Trotter will pick the vehicle up at no expense to the donor. The vehicle can also be donated at Mel Trotter’s Auto Sales location (555 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49548).

What to bring when donating my vehicle:

We must receive the title and lein release information to the vehicle at the time of donation

 Do the vehicles have to be in running condition?

No. We accept non-running vehicles. 

 Who handles all the DMV processing?

Mel Trotter will handle all DMV processing and paperwork.

 Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes, on a federal level. However, vehicle sales price determines tax deduction. We will provide the appropriate paperwork for filing

 Who/What receives aid from my donation?

Mel Trotter Auto Sales exists to create awareness of Mel Trotter Ministries throughout Greater Grand Rapids.  The Auto Sales department financially supports the Missions's programs through customer donations and purchases.

 Additional benefits to donating: 

Mel Trotter Ministries places donated vehicles with working families in the community

You will not spend unncessary time or dollars selling your vehicle

Recycling your vehicle with Mel Trotter Ministries saves energy and natural resources

Mel Trotter Ministries is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. Questions or need more information? E-mail or call 616-301-1415 ext 521.

Drop Off

Drop off your donations

You may bring donated items to any of our 4 retail locations during regular business hours, which can be found here.  Vehicle donations are accepted during business hours, Monday - Friday 10 am to 6 pm, 

We cannot accept mattresses, box springs, waterbeds, baby or toddler car seats, cribs, pianos, organs, or pool tables. The Mel Trotter driver has authority to decline any item we cannot use. We appreciate your cooperation and assistance. For tax questions, please visit Thank you!

If you have a large item to donate, please call (616) 813-0977 to arrange a time, or click below.

simplyDONATE from the comfort of your home!

Mel Trotter Retail exists to create awareness of Mel Trotter Ministries throughout Greater Grand Rapids. The stores also financially support the Mission's programs through customer donations and purchases.

MTM Drop Boxes

For your convenience: Donation boxes are available at each store for after hours donations.

     Mel Trotter Receipt
     IRS - Valuation Guide
     IRS - Contributions
     Mel Trotter Donation Info
       Vehicle Donation Form
       Pick Up Request Form