November 27, 2020

Give Me The Mike

Exploring Minnesota and Beyond.

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

Check out this roundup of nonprofits who are collecting your goods for a greater good.

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.


Where to donate clothing and household goods in Minnesota

Annadee’s Closet, Red Wing

  • What they do: provide programs and services to older adults and their caregivers.
  • Donations accepted: clothing, shoes and boots, jackets, kitchenware, toys, microwaves, holiday decorations, furniture.
  • Not accepted: (not listed online)
  • Donations are accepted Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm, Fridays from 10:00 am – 3:30 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 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.
  • Donation drive thrus are open from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm seven days a week. Those who donate are asked to pre-sort items into clothing and housewares. They should be placed in boxes or bags labeled “Arc”. They are not currently accepting furniture.

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Bethesda Lutheran Communities, Minnetonka

  • What they do: a faith-based organization empowering people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Donations accepted: clothing, household goods, linens, small toys, holiday decor, radios.
  • Not accepted: TVs and stereos, baby cribs, exercise equipment, computers, VHS, box springs and mattresses.
  • Donation hours are from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday and Wednesday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Friday.




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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. Wait times for the home pickup service are approximately four weeks out as of late August.
  • Bonus: Bridging offers a great guide as to what nonprofits accept.

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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. They did have to pause accepting clothing and housewares this summer due to a lack of storage space.

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Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota

  • What they do: fulfilling the promise made men and women who served our country by helping veterans file benefit claims and connect with other veterans organizations.
  • Donations accepted: clothing, accessories, housewares toys.
  • Not accepted: hazardous waste, construction materials, large appliances, automobile parts, food, box springs and mattresses, sofas.
  • You can schedule a home pickup online. Note that their trucks cannot go down alleys.
  • DAV MN partners with Saver’s Thrift Stores. You can drop off your donations at their locations in Apple Valley, Columbia Heights, Coon Rapids and Duluth.




 

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Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota

  • 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. There are also plenty of drop bins around the Twin Cities and around Saint Cloud.

Also on Give Me The Mike

When adversity hits: how the Epilepsy Foundation has helped one family


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Family Pathways, multiple locations

  • What they do: provide healthy food access, domestic and sexual violence prevention, youth programming and more to residents of Forest Lake along with citizens in Carlton, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine counties in Minnesota, along with Polk County in Wisconsin.
  • Donations accepted: accessories, clothing, furniture, shopping bags, small appliances, sporting goods, toys.
  • Not accepted: bikes, box springs and mattresses, cribs and car seats, microwaves, televisions, vacuums.
  • Appointments are required for large donations, such as furniture and truckloads that would take more than one person to unload. Otherwise, no appointment is necessary. There is a limit of 10, 40 pound boxes/bags per donor. You will not exit your vehicle when making your donation.

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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.
  • 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 – 1:00 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. They ask that you pre-sort donations (separate clothing from housewares).

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Interfaith Outreach’s Resale Select, Plymouth

  • What they do: serve individuals and families in the west metro.
  • Donations accepted: clothing, shoes, housewares, pre-approved artwork, televisions (with remote), bicycles (summer only), silver plates and metal decor.
  • Not accepted: large furniture, box springs and mattresses, car seats and cribs, plastic ware.
  • Donations are accepted on Mondays and Fridays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Find their address here. You are asked to remain in your vehicle.




 

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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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Neighbors, Inc. Clothes Closet, South Saint Paul

  • What they do: Neighbors, Inc. supports residents of northern Dakota County.
  • Donations accepted: clothing, shoes, accessories, bedding, housewares, books, holiday decor.
  • Not accepted: mattresses.
  • There is a limit of 5 bags/boxes or items, not to exceed 40 pounds each. Non-clothing donations need to be packed in a box or tote with a lid. Clothing should be packed in a bag. Any bags, totes and boxes will not be returned. You must be able to unload your donation independently. Donation times are Mondays and Fridays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and Wednesdays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

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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.
  • You can schedule a pickup or find the closest drop off location by clicking here.

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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.

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Someplace Safe, Alexandria and Morris

  • What they do: provide services to victims and survivors of crime in a nine-county region in West Central Minnesota.
  • Donations accepted: bedding, clothing, furniture, housewares, sporting goods, clothing, toys.
  • Not accepted: computers, televisions, large appliances, mattresses, exercise equipment prior to 2005.
  • Donations are accepted at both locations from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Other places to donate, but are not accepting donations as of August 21, 2020


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