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

Order Christmas Store items from Amazon. At a deeply discounted price, we sell the following items for guests to purchase:

  • Home & Kitchen Goods
  • Clothing
  • Winter Items
  • Toys & Games
  • Electronics
  • Toiletries

Code Blue Drive

Winter Warm Up List

New or like new winter weather items for men, women and children.

  • Winter coats (urgent need for 2X-5X)
  • Waterproof winter boots (Men's sizes 8-13, Women's sizes 8.5-13)
  • Waterproof winter gloves
  • Hats
  • Socks
  • Underwear (men's and women's M-2XL)
  • Long underwear (men's and women's M-4XL)
  • Hand warmers

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 SW.  

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 body wash
  • Toothpaste
  • Shaving cream: Small and large
  • Cocoa butter lotion
  • Shea butter shampoo and conditioner

Clothing Items

  • Cloth face masks (mens)
  • 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 X-4XL (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  if you would like to donate any of the following items:

  • Plastic covered pillows
  • Men's lightweight socks
  • Men's underwear (sizes S-L)
  • Men's pants/jeans (sizes 28-29, 30-32, 33-34, and 38)
  • 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
  • Hot/Cold packs
  • Ibuprofen
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Mylanta
  • Milk of Magnesia
  • Burn cream
  • Foot powder (odor control)
  • Wound wash (spray on)

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
  • Woven Blankets (No fleece blankets please)
  • New standard-sized pillows
  • Standard-sized pillow cases
  • Standard-sized satin 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

Move-In Kits

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

Winter Outreach

  • Granola bars
  • Water bottles
  • Handwarmers
  • Socks (all sizes)

Family Meal Items

  • Pasta
  • Pasta sauce
  • Mac and cheese
  • Hamburger helper
  • Ricaroni
  • Canned fruits
  • Canned vegetables
  • Applesauce
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Trail mix
  • Cereal
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Soup
  • Crackers
  • Snack Packs
  • Plain white rice
  • Pepper
  • Pan spray

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 X106

Map to Sparta Store


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

Drop off hours

Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10 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


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


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

Drop off hours

Monday - Saturday 10 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


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

Drop off hours

Monday - Saturday 10 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


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

Drop off hours

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