Fill a Need

Hundreds of homeless, hungry and hurting people come through our doors every day. With those numbers, stuff gets used up! Pick up some extra items at the store, get a group collection going or donate now to help feed the homeless.

Drop off your donations at any of our thrift stores or  225 Commerce, SW. If you would like to schedule a drop-off, please e-mail or call (616) 588-8766.

Constant Needs

  • 10 Ride Bus cards for The Rapid
  • General medication, such as Tums, aspirin, cold medicine, etc
  • Spiral bound notebooks
  • Twin size sheets
  • Bath towels

Children's Needs

  • Pack-n-plays
  • Diapers all sizes
  • Wipes
  • Sippy Cups
  • Pacifiers
  • Teething Rings
  • Formula
  • Bottles- without liners
  • Baby Lotion
  • Baby Wash
  • Pajamas- all ages
  • Single and double Strollers

Men & Women's Needs

  • Men's Jeans
  • Men's Underwear (boxers and briefs)
  • Women's Larger Size Clothes
  • Feminine Hygiene items
  • Slippers
  • NIV Bibles
  • undergarments - larger sizes
  • Umbrellas

Food Needs

Because Mel Trotter seeks to encourage healthy food choices, fat-free, low-fat, low-sodium, reduced sugar, and multi-grain varieties of the following are appreciated.

  • Peanut Butter
  • Beef Stew
  • Canned chicken, tuna
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Dry or canned beans
  • Canned fruits
  • Cereal
  • Rice
  • Vegetables

Medical Needs

  • Children's and infants Tylenol and ibuprofen 
  • Cough Drops
  • Adult Cold Medicine
  • Pepto Bismol
  • Neosporin ointment


Shoes for little children (newborn through age 4)

Crib sheets and pak n'play sheets (if there is such a thing)

Onesies (12 mo, 18 mo, 24 mo., up to 3 years)

Diapers of all sizes

Baby wash


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