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Where Minnesotans can donate clothing and household goods during COVID-19

Updated 7/11/20

If you’re like me, you have dug through drawers and cleaned out closets while spending more time at home. Now you have bags worth of items you would like to donate. But are all those organizations closed? Short answer: no. Here’s a roundup of nonprofits who are collecting your goods for a greater good.

Know of a nonprofit not listed? Please let me know on Facebook or email.

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Annadee’s Closet in Red Wing. Photo courtesy Red Wing Area Seniors

Annadee’s Closet, Red Wing

  • What they do: run by Red Wing Area Seniors, Inc, proceeds provide programs and services for older adults and their caregivers.
  • Donations accepted: clothing, kitchenware, microwaves, furniture.
  • Donations are accepted Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:30 am – 3:30 pm and Friday from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm.

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The Arc Minnesota/Arc’s Value Village, Bloomington, New Hope and Richfield

  • What they do: ensure opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to achieve full and satisfying lives.
  • Donations accepted: vehicles, ATVs, bicycles, bridal gowns, clothing, diapers, DVDs, kitchenware, golf clubs, grocery bags (they reuse them), irons, lamps, musical instruments, sporting goods, toys.
  • Not accepted: microwaves, large appliances, box springs and mattresses, paint, computers, TVs, VCRs, cribs and car seats.
  • You can visit their locations in Bloomington, New Hope and Richfield between 10:00 am – 6:00 pm to drop off items. You are asked to stay in your vehicle and have items pre-sorted beforehand. They may temporarily suspend collecting donations at particular locations if they are full.

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Bridging, Bloomington and Roseville

  • What they do: provide furniture and household goods to families and individuals transitioning out of homelessness and poverty.
  • Donations accepted: bed frames, mattresses and box springs, chairs, dressers, tables, bedding, kitchenware, DVD players, TVs (2008 or newer), vacuums, framed mirrors or artwork.
  • Not accepted: clothing, toys, computers, sporting goods.
  • You are drop off at either the Bloomington or Roseville locations with no appointment necessary. They’re open Monday thru Thursday from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm and Friday and Saturday from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. They also offer home driveway/garage pickup for a $75 fee.
  • Bonus: Bridging offers a great guide as to what nonprofits accept. However, not all of the organizations listed are currently accepting donations.
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Community Helping Hand in Forest Lake. Photo courtesy Community Helping Hand/Facebook

Community Helping Hand, Forest Lake

  • What they do: helping residents of the Forest Lake School District by providing assistance with energy bills, rent, food and more.
  • Donations accepted: clothing, small furniture, linens, kitchenware, DVDs, small appliances, food
  • Not accepted: mattresses and box springs, exercise equipment, luggage, vacuums
  • It’s recommended you check their Facebook page to see when they are accepting donations.

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Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota, Saint Paul

  • What they do: offers services for people with epilepsy and seizures across Minnesota and eastern North Dakota.
  • Donations accepted: irons, bedding, books, clothing, curtains, DVD players, video games, kitchenware, sporting goods, tools.
  • Not accepted: microwaves, large appliances, bed frames and mattresses, car seats, high chairs, strollers, computers, TVs, furniture, lamps, exercise equipment.
  • You can currently schedule a pickup. The Foundation’s drop boxes are currently closed.

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Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota, multiple locations*

  • What they do: provide education, job training and placement services to eliminate barriers to work and independence.
  • Donations accepted: clothing, battery operated electronics, books, furniture, kitchenware, toys, vehicles.
  • Not accepted: appliances, computers, some TVs, box springs and mattresses, baby furniture and care seats, exercise equipment.
  • *Due to the Minneapolis riots, some locations, including Saint Paul and West Saint Paul, are temporarily closed. Find the location nearest you by clicking here.

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Hidden Treasures, Saint Anthony

  • What they do: a faith-based nonprofit serving those in recovery and reentry by providing work, community and hope.
  • Donations accepted: clothing (keep separate from other items), housewares, jewelry, holiday decor, sporting goods, tools.
  • Not accepted: list not available online
  • They’re currently accepting donations Monday – Saturday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm as long as it isn’t raining. Check their Facebook page to see if they’re accepting donations the day you’re planning to head out.

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MN Tool Library, Minneapolis and Saint Paul

  • What they do: a membership program where those enrolled can rent out a large inventory of tools for up to one week.
  • Donations accepted: most interested in power tools (air compressors, nailers, drills, power washers, tillers, etc), professional grade equipment, hand tools in good condition (screwdrivers, wrenches, clamps, etc). Their wish list can be found here.
  • Not accepted: tools not in working order, older than 5 years.
  • They are doing no contact donations. To set up a time, connect with the Minneapolis location at (612) 440-8665 or the Saint Paul location at (651) 644-1882.

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Salvation Army

  • What they do: from disaster relief to running homeless shelters to services for veterans, seniors, and LGBT youth.
  • Donations accepted: microwaves, TVs, vehicles, clothing, kitchenware, clothing, computers.
  • Not accepted: not listed online.
  • Donation centers are open for business as of May 22.
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Sharing and Caring Hands. Photo courtesy Sharing and Caring Hands.

Sharing and Caring Hands, Minneapolis

  • What they do: provide food, clothing, shelter, transportation assistance, medical and dental help to over 20,000 each month.
  • Donations accepted: food, clothing, household items, car seats, strollers, diapers and wipes, toys, TVs, electronics, personal hygiene, vehicles.
  • Not accepted: furniture.
  • Drop off Monday – Thursday from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Other places to donate, but are not accepting donations as of May 8, 2020

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7 Comments on “Where Minnesotans can donate clothing and household goods during COVID-19

  1. Salvation Army in Fridley Hwy 65 and Moore Lake Road accepts donations daily during the epidemic.

    • Their website says that location is temporarily closed.

    • Seems like a really cool organization!

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  3. Do you know of a place that will take worn out clothing and linens? All of my previous drop sites have stopped taking them. I’m talking about stained and hole-ridden things that I would not donate to a second hand store.

    • Honestly, I would just toss them in a bonfire.

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