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Donate Goods

Help fuel the ministry with donated goods.

Hundreds of people who are experiencing hunger and homelessness come through our doors every day. We are constantly in need of items to care for individuals and families in crisis.

Drop off donations to one of our convenient locations, consider hosting a drive to stock our shelves, give now or shop our wish list on Amazon.

Learn How to Donate Goods to Mel Trotter Ministries

Donate goods today to meet the urgent needs of individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

urgent needs

Drop-Off Locations

Amazon Wish List

host a drive

thrift Store

Urgent Donation Needs

Mel Trotter Ministries Shelter

Clothing Items

  • Men’s jeans, size 30 and above any length from 28 – 40
  • Men’s underwear (boxers & briefs), Small – XXL
  • Men’s and Women’s socks 
  • Men’s t-shirts (sizes M-XXL)
  • Men’s shoes, sizes 10 to 14 (no size 9 or below)
  • Women’s plus size clothes (no dresses) 
  • Women’s jeans (S – XXL) 
  • Women’s undergarments (all sizes)
  • Young men’s sweaters (no hoodies) 
  • Sweatshirts and pants (M – XXL)

Hygiene Items

  • Razors: 3+ blades
  • Shaving cream
  • Cocoa butter lotion
  • Shea butter shampoo and conditioner
  • Travel size shampoo and conditioner
  • Travel size body wash
  • Deodorants
  • Feminine hygiene products 
  • Toothbrushes 
  • Toothpaste
  • Bars of soap

Mission Items

  • New bath towels including hand towels
  • Wash cloths
  • 100% Cotton Blankets (No fleece blankets, no comforters)
  • Twin-size sheets (no full size, no queen, no king size sheets)
  • Standard pillow cases
  • Standard washable pillows
  • Toilet paper standard rolls (no large commercial rolls)

Outreach Items

  • Men’s underwear
  • Razors 
  • Hand Lotion – travel size 
  • Belts 

Clinic Items

High Need Items: 

  • RIDD or Nix head lice treatment
  • Antacids (Tums, Rolaids)
  • Cough Drops
  • Throat Lozenges
  • Hot & Cold Packs
  • Cold Capsules (adult)
  • Hydrocortisone and antibiotic cream
  • Robitussin
  • Adult Dayquil (liquid)
  • Tums
  • Benadryl tablets
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Lysol wipes
  • Mylanta

Low Need Items:

  • Bandages (all sizes)
  • Plastic covered pillows
  • Mucinex
  • Theraflu
  • Cold and Flu Liquid
  • Saline Nasal Spray (adult)
  • Melatonin
  • Nicorette Gum
  • Eye Drops
  • Anti-diarrheal (tablets)
  • Ace bandage wraps
  • Mylanta
  • Milk of Magnesia
  • Burn cream
  • Foot powder (odor control)
  • Wound wash (spray on)
  • Tylenol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Chewable Vitamin C 500mg
  • Vitamin D 2000ius strength
  • Pepto Bismal

Art Therapy and Day Center 

Art Supplies

  • Large bottles of Acrylic Paint (NOT Tempera, Oil or Water Color please)
  • Adult paint brushes

Operation Items

  • Styrofoam coffee cups
  • Large containers of coffee
  • Large containers of powder coffee creamer
  • Large bags of sugar

Each week, we play Bingo with our guests. We like to have small prizes available for the winners. Think $1-$10 items that go beyond necessities. Some examples might be journals, candy, special lotions, small gifts cards to Family Dollar or the Dollar Tree, etc.

Items To Note

Items We Cannot Accept

While we appreciate every donation, there are some items we simply are unable to accept. Below is a list of items that we are not able to take as donations:

  • Used mattresses and box springs
  • TVs (you can drop off flat screen/LCD TVs at stores as long as they work and are cable ready)
  • Baby car seats & baby beds
  • Waterbeds & hospital beds
  • Sleeper sofas (you can drop them off at stores but we can’t pick them up)
  • Exercise equipment, large metal desks
  • Pianos and organs
  • Large appliances: stove, refrigerator, washer, dryer, etc.
  • No chemicals: paint, pesticides, cleaners, or styrofoam etc.
  • In order to best protect our guests from the harsh winter elements, we need to equip them with waterproof cold weather gear. As much as we appreciate hand-knit or crocheted items, we are no longer accepting them at this time. Please see the list above of items that will help our guests the most. Thank you!

    Thrift Stores

    We want to be the best stewards of your donations and make sure they go to help the most people.

    In-kind items donated that are unable to be used at the downtown Mission may be taken to the MTM Thrift Stores to be sold.

    All proceeds from the Thrift Stores support the programs and services at Mel Trotter Ministries that are helping people overcome homelessness in greater Grand Rapids.

      Donation Drop-Off Locations

      We have more than 30 drop off locations throughout West Michigan for your convenience.

      Drop off thrift store donations at any of our thrift stores or donation bins.

      • 6 thrift stores in Grand Rapids, MI
      • 30+ donation drop-off bins

      Find a location nearest you!

      Blue Marker = Donation Bin
      Yellow Star = Thrift Store

      Amazon Wish List

      Order items on our Amazon Wish List and they can be shipped directly to Mel Trotter Ministries.

      To make the most of your donation, remember to shop using Amazon Smile. This is a simple way to support Mel Trotter Ministries at no extra cost to you.

      Simply type Smile.amazon.com into your browser or select it in the app, enter Mel Trotter Ministries as your desired charity, and continue to shop. 

      Host a Drive

      You can make an even greater impact when you and your friends, coworkers, or small group join together to host a drive for some of the items on this list.

      Let us know you’re interested by signing up below.

      Click Here to Sign up

      In order for us to learn more about your drive and how you can help, please take just a moment to fill out the form below. The best way to help the Mission is to choose a drive that will help us collect items from our Urgent Needs List.

      Host a Drive

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      Mel Trotter Ministries Thrift Stores can use your gently used clothing, shoes, toys, books, furniture, small appliances and household items.

      A donation receipt is available for all donations, if desired.

      Mel Trotter Ministries Thrift Stores exist to expand public awareness of MTM and financially support the programs at Mel Trotter Ministries.

      Learn more about our thrift stores here.

      Locations

      Drop off thrift store donations at any of our thrift stores or donation bins.

        • 6 thrift stores in Grand Rapids, MI
        • 30+ donation drop-off bins

        Donation Pickup

          Are you donating large furniture, goods, or simply too much to drop off yourself? Let us pick it up from your home or office.

          Now offering curbside pickup for large items!

          Tips For Donating

          • Review the list of items we do not accept
          • Send pictures to [email protected] before a pick-up.
          • For large quantities and large items please call dispatch before dropping off to ensure we can accept your donation at 616-797-8200.
          • Review the value of your items at www.irs.gov.
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