In-Kind Donations

Help fuel the ministry with donated goods

Hundreds of people who are homeless and hungry come through our doors every day. We are constantly in need of these items to care for those in need. Consider hosting a drive to stock our shelves, giving now or shopping 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.

Urgent Needs

Hygiene Items

  • Diapers (sizes 4-6)
  • Diaper cream
  • Baby wash, lotion, and diaper cream
  • Razors: 3+ blades
  • Travel-size soap bars
  • Men's full-size body wash, shampoo, conditioner  
  • Men's full-size lotion
  • Hygiene kits for youth
  • Womens'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

  • 1 ton box truck (Contact Doreen Sturgis for details at )
  • New or gently used bath towels
  • Wash cloths
  • New standard-sized pillows
  • Standard-sized pillow cases
  • Twin-size sheets
  • Cotton blankets
  • Commercial carpet cleaner
  • Snow shovels
  • Toilet brushes
  • Laundry soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Industrial washer & dryer
  • NIV Bibles (study Bibles for graduation, large print Bibles, standard red letter Bibles)
  • Umbrellas
  • Large plastic totes
  • Hand warmers
  • Outdoor patio furniture
  • Gas grill
  • Soccer balls
  • Volleyballs
  • Badminton
  • Kites
  • Frisbees

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.

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

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