Fill a Need

Hundreds of people who are homeless and hungry come through our doors every day. We are constantly in need of these items to care for those in need. Consider hosting a drive to stock our shelves, giving now or shopping our wish-list on Amazon.

Drop off your donations at any of our thrift stores or the downtown Mission at 225 Commerce Avenue SW

Please note: thanks to so many generous donors, our shelves are stocked with winter scarves and hats that will last us through Winter 2017 - 2018. If you would like to fill a need, we ask that use the list below as a guide. 

Immediate Needs for Youth House

Order these from Amazon, call 616-454-8249 to donate, or drop them off at the downtown Mission at 225 Commerce Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

  • Pots and pans
  • Cooking utensils
  • Oven mitts
  • Dish towels
  • Can opener
  • Bathroom trash can
  • Men's full-size hygiene items
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towel
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Laundry detergent

Food Items

Please review our food accepting policy

  • Low-sodium, low-fat, etc. preferred. Please no expired items.
  • Canned fruits in 100% juice
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned meat (beef stew, chicken, tuna)
  • Canned beans
  • Dry beans (all varieties)
  • Rice
  • Whole grain pastas
  • Cereal
  • Pasta sauce
  • Tomato sauce
  • Pasta and rice side dishes
  • Complete meals (hamburger or tuna helper)
  • Low sodium soups
  • Cooking oil

 

Hygiene Items

  • Diapers (sizes 4-6)
  • Diaper cream
  • Baby wash, lotion, and diaper cream
  • Men's disposable razors: 2-3 blades
  • Travel-size soap bars
  • Men's full-size body wash, shampoo, conditioner  
  • Men's full-size lotion

Clothing Items

  • Men’s jeans, size 30 and above
  • Men’s underwear (boxers & briefs), small – medium
  • Men's t-shirts (sizes M-XL)
  • Children’s sweatshirts, hoodies, light jackets (all sizes)
  • Children’s closed-toe shoes (all ages)
  • Children’s pajamas (sizes 8-16)
  • Women’s plus size clothes
  • Women’s plus size undergarments
  • Slippers

 

Clinic Items

Please contact Nancy Bonin at nancybonin@meltrotter.org or 616-588-8711 if you would like to donate the following items:

  • Reading glasses (all strengths)
  • Hard cases for glasses
  • Infant Tylenol (liquid)
  • Adult Tylenol (tablets)
  • Adult Benadryl (tablets)
  • Adult Dayquil (liquid)
  • Miralax powder
  • Anti-diarrheal (tablets)
  • Hydrocortisone cream

 

Mission items

  • 1 ton box truck (Contact Doreen Sturgis for details at doreensturgis@meltrotter.org)
  • New or gently used bath towels
  • New standard-sized pillows
  • Blankets, woven
  • Twin-size sheets
  • Commercial carpet cleaner
  • Snow shovels
  • Toilet brushes
  • Laundry soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Industrial washer & dryer
  • NIV Bibles
  • Umbrellas
  • Large plastic totes
  • Pillows

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