Code Blue Winter Drive
Code Blue Drive: 10/22/2018 - 12/31/2018
October 22, 2018-December 31, 2018: Our Code Blue Drive is now over. Thank you to everyone who participated and donated cold-weather items.
We're still collecting items at the Mission. Please view our current needs list here.
"Code blue” is a term used by MTM 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.
How does my church/company become a code blue drive drop-off site?
Contact: Becky Emmert, 616-454-8249 ext. 288 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pick up a blue barrel at Mel Trotter Ministries downtown location to collect donated items.
Your location will be added to the website as a public drop off location.
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 the 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 www.meltrotter.org/needs 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.