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Code Blue Drive

October 1 – December 31, 2022

We’re collecting items at the downtown location and partner organizations across West Michigan.

“Code blue” is a term used by MTM to describe the most extreme winter conditions in West Michigan, when temperatures fall significantly and stay below freezing over a period of time – putting men, women and children who are exposed to the elements at severe risk of hypothermia, frost bite or even death.

Event Details


Date & Time

October 1 – December 31, 2022


Mel Trotter Ministries
225 Commerce Ave SW,
Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA

Collecting Winter Items

 Keep your neighbors in need safe and warm this season by donating items to protect them from the harsh Michigan winters.

Winter Warm Up List
New or like new winter weather items for men, women and children.

  • Men’s jeans size 32-40 waist and 32 length
  • Winter boots: Men’s size 9 -15 and Women’s size 6-12
  • Sweat pants size L-4XL
  • Sweat shirts size L -4XL

New or like new items items may be dropped off at any of the Code Blue Drive drop off sites (look for the blue barrels) our downtown location at 225 Commerce Ave

Download Code Blue Winter Warm Up List

Event FAQ

What is the Code Blue Drive?

Code Blue means that people experiencing homelessness are in danger of hypothermia, frost bite and other cold weather related injuries if they do not seek shelter. During this time, MTM staff take extra precautions to ensure our homeless neighbors are safe and warm.

Howdoes my Company/Church become a Code Blue Drive Drop-Off Site?

Fill out the participation form below to let us know of your interest.

If you have questions contact Nancy Bonin at [email protected]

Your location will be added to the website as a public drop off location you would like.

I would like to donate used clothes or items.

While we are grateful that you are thinking of helping people who are experiencing homelessness, please carefully consider what you donate before you give. It is our priority to help our guests feel dignified and valued. We only accept new or like-new items that are washed and clean.

Can I Host drives at other times of year?

If you’d like to host a drive other times of the year, Mel Trotter collects in-kind goods year-round. Please go to for details.




What happened to the Fall/Holiday food drive?

In an effort to reduce the duplication of services, Mel Trotter Ministries no longer hosts a food drive because there are several other agencies in the greater Grand Rapids area that support low-income families with emergency food supplies through their food pantry. If you would like more information about area food pantries, please call 2-1-1.


If you have any questions, contact:

Nancy Bonin
[email protected]

Drop-off Locations

Mel Trotter Ministries

225 Commerce Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Everett’s Gardens

240 84th St. SE, Byron Center, MI 49315

Alger Bikes

120 28th St SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49548


3582 29th St SE, Ste. 101, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

 Douglas J Institute 

138 Commerce Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI  49506

Builders Exchange of Michigan

678 Front Ave NW, Suite 330. Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Weller Truck Parts

5960 Burlingame Ave. South, Suite C, Wyoming, MI 49509

Blue Water Grill

5180 Northland Dr., Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Bostwick Lake Inn

5180 Northland Dr., Grand Rapids, MI  49525

The B.O.B. 

20 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI  49503

Great Lakes Dental Care

933 3 Mile Rd NW Suite 110 Grand Rapids MI 49544

Spectrum Health Bariatrics

4100 Lake Dr. Suite B-01, Grand Rapids, MI 49456

8333 Felch St. Ste 300, Zeeland MI  49464



Pepsi Beverages

3700 Kraft Ave Se, Grand Rapids, MI  49512

Robinson Dental

899 Reno Dr., Wayland, MI 49348

5749 28th St., Grand Rapids, MI 49546

502 Randall, Coopersville MI 49404

Lighthouse Full Life Center

2415 Madison Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Eastern Floral

2836 Broadmoor Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Zeeland Farm Services

2525 84th Ave. Zeeland, MI 49464


121 Ionia Ave SE #105, Grand Rapids, MI  49503

5070 28th St. Suite D., Grand Rapids, MI  49546

3287 Alpine Ave NW, Walker, MI 49544

6753 Cascade Rd. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

11921 Fulton St. Lowell, MI  49331

6700 Broadmoor Ave SW, Caledonia, MI  49316

Grand Rapids Dental Partners

3050 Ivanrest Ave. SW, Grandville, MI  49418


4633 32nd Ave., Hudsonville, MI 49419

Decade Products

3710 Sysco Ct SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Host a Barrel

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