In-Kind Donations

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. Consider hosting a drive to stock our shelves, give now or shop our wish list on Amazon.

Heartside Christmas Store

We are excited to again partner with Dégagé Ministries for our sixth annual Christmas Store. Our combined efforts have a great impact in our Heartside community, providing guests the opportunity to purchase gifts for their family or themselves at a low cost and in a dignified manner.

You can go to our online Amazon Christmas Store wish list at and click on Christmas Store wish list. Your gift will be shipped directly to Mel Trotter Ministries.

Please order by December 10. 

Click here for other ways to get involved.

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 into your browser, enter Mel Trotter Ministries as your desired charity, and continue to shop.

Code Blue Winter Drive

October 22 - December 31, 2018

"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.

Learn more about the Code Blue drive and how you can participate at

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.

Start a Drive

Urgent Needs

Hygiene Items

  • Diaper cream
  • Baby wash, lotion, and diaper cream
  • Razors: 3+ blades
  • Travel-size shampoo (very low)
  • Travel-size conditioner (very low)
  • Travel-size soap bars (very low)
  • Men's full-size body wash, shampoo, conditioner  
  • Hygiene kits for youth
  • Women's full-size shampoo and conditioner
  • Women's full-size body wash
  • Toothpaste
  • Shaving cream: Small and large

Clothing Items

  • Men’s jeans, size 30 and above
  • Men’s underwear (boxers & briefs), Small - XL
  • Men's t-shirts (sizes M-XL)
  • Men's boots
  • Men's gloves
  • Children’s sweatshirts, hoodies, light jackets (all sizes)
  • Children’s closed-toe shoes (all ages)
  • Children’s pajamas (sizes 8-16)
  • Women's scrubs 4X-6X (used as pajamas for emergency shelter guests)
  • Women’s plus size clothes
  • Women's jeans
  • Women’s undergarments (all sizes)
  • Women's boots
  • Women's gloves
  • Slippers
  • Young men's sweaters
  • Young men's coats

Clinic Items

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

  • Infant Tylenol (liquid)
  • Adult Tylenol (tablets)
  • Adult Benadryl (tablets)
  • Adult Dayquil (liquid)
  • Miralax powder
  • Anti-diarrheal (tablets)
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Chiropractic table

Mission Items

  • 2 twin mattresses (new or like-new)
  • 2 twin bed frames
  • 5 drawer dressers
  • 1 ton box truck (Contact  for details)
  • New or gently used bath towels
  • Wash cloths
  • New standard-sized pillows
  • Standard-sized pillow cases
  • Twin-size sheets
  • Commercial carpet cleaner
  • Snow shovels
  • Toilet brushes
  • Toilet paper
  • Industrial washer & dryer
  • NIV Bibles (study Bibles for graduation, large print Bibles, standard red letter Bibles)
  • Umbrellas
  • Hand warmers
  • Soccer balls
  • Volleyballs
  • Badminton
  • Kites
  • Frisbees

Transitional Home Move-In Kits

  • Shower curtains, liners, hooks
  • Beginner tool kit
  • Toaster
  • Kitchen Utensils
  • Set of 4 dinnerware and silverware
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Paper Products, towel, toilet paper
  • Towels- body, hand and wash clothes
  • Kitchen towels and clothes
  • Sheets, Queen, full
  • Hampers
  • Trash cans – kitchen and bathroom size

Thrift Stores

Please note: 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.

Items we cannot accept

Unfortunately there are some 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.

Donation Drop-Off

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

Locations & Hours

Sparta Thrift Store

538 S. State St.
Sparta, MI 49345
Phone: 616-797-8200

Map to Sparta Store


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 .pm.

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Drop off hours

Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
A donation box is available for after hours.

Jenison Thrift Store

7500 Cottonwood Dr., Suite D 
Jenison, MI 49428
(Across from Meijer)
Phone: 616-797-8200

Map to Jenison Store


Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Drop off hours

Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
A donation box is available for after hours.

Downtown Mission

225 Commerce Avenue SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: 616-454-8249


Drop off available 24/7