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.

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.

Start a Drive

Urgent Needs

Hygiene Items

  • Razors: 3+ blades
  • Shaving cream: Small size
  • Cocoa butter lotion
  • Shea butter shampoo and conditioner
  • Deodorants Men & Women’s

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 boots, sizes 10 - 14 (no size 9 or below) 
  • Men's shoes, sizes 10 to 14 (no size 9 or below)
  • Men's mittens (not gloves) 
  • Women’s plus size clothes (no dresses) 
  • Women's jeans (S - XXL) 
  • Women’s undergarments (all sizes)
  • Women's boots, size 5 to 10 
  • Women's mittens (not gloves) 
  • Young men's sweaters (no hoodies) 
  • Young men's coats (M - XXL) 
  • Sweatshirts and pants (M - XXL)
  • NO HATS OR SCARVES 
  • Winter Coats Men's and Women's 2XL, 3XL, and 4XL (no M, L, XL) 

Clinic Items

Please contact  if you would like to donate any of the following items:

High Need Items: 

  • Chewable Vitamin C 500mg 
  • Vitamin D 2000ius strength 
  • Hot & Cold Packs 
  • Tylenol 
  • Ibuprofen 
  • Disinfectant Wipes 

Low Need Items 

  • Plastic covered pillows
  • Mucinex
  • Robitussin
  • Theraflu
  • Cold and Flu Liquid
  • Cold Capsules (adult)
  • Saline Nasal Spray (adult)
  • Melatonin
  • Nicorette Gum
  • Antacids (Tums, Rolaids)
  • Cough Drops
  • Throat Lozenges
  • Eye Drops
  • Adult Dayquil (liquid)
  • Anti-diarrheal (tablets)
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Ace bandage wraps
  • Mylanta
  • Milk of Magnesia
  • Burn cream
  • Foot powder (odor control)
  • Wound wash (spray on)

Mission Items

  • New or gently used bath towels (no 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 pillows
  • Toilet paper standard rolls (no large commercial rolls) 

Outreach

  • Granola bars (soft, chewy bars, nothing hard or crunchy) 
  • Water bottles
  • Hand and feet warmers

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 X106

Map to Sparta Store

Hours

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

Drop off hours

Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 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 X103

Map to Jenison Store

Hours

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

Drop off hours

Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
A donation box is available for after hours.

Lowell Thrift Store

2111 West Main Street
Lowell, MI 49331
Phone: 616-797-8200 X107

Map to Lowell Store

Hours

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

Drop off hours

Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
A donation box is available for after hours.

Belding Thrift Store

363 E. State Street
Belding, MI 48809
Phone: 616-797-8200 X113

Map to Belding Store

Hours

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

Drop off hours

Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
A donation box will be available for after hours.

Grand Rapids Thrift Store

2820 29th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
Phone: 616-797-8200 x400

Map to Grand Rapids Store

Hours

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

Drop off hours

Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
A donation box will be available for after hours.


Mel Trotter Ministries - downtown Grand Rapids 

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

Map to Mel Trotter Ministries

Hours

Office hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Building hours: 24/7/365

Drop off hours

Monday - Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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

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.