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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.