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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. Many have just have adapted how you can contribute.
Keep reading for a roundup of nonprofits in Minnesota who are collecting your goods for a greater good.
Know of an organization not listed? Please let me know by filling out the form at the bottom of this page.
Update, March 2021:This information is subject to change as COVID-19 restrictions evolve. Please double check with the nonprofit you select before loading up your car. Information below was updated January 2021.
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: list not available online.
Donations are accepted Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, and Saturdays from 10:00 am – 1:30 pm.
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 Mondays – Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in Bloomington and New Hope and 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in Richfield. Those who donate are asked to pre-sort items into clothing and housewares. They should be placed in boxes or bags labeled “Arc”.
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 5:00 pm Mondays – Fridays and 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Saturdays.
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 Mondays thru Thursdays from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 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.
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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Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota, home pickup
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.
Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota, home pickup
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.
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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. The donation hours for each store varies.
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.
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 Mondays – Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Check their Facebook page to see if they’re accepting donations the day you’re planning to head out.
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Hope 4 Youth, Anoka
What they do: provide pathways to end youth homelessness.
Donations accepted: women’s and junior’s clothing, shoes, jewelry, purses, small household decor
Not accepted: furniture, appliances, dishes, silverware, kitchen items
Donations are accepted on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
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.
Joseph’s Coat, Saint Paul
What they do: provide free clothing and household goods to low-income families and the homeless.
Donations accepted: clothing, shoes and boots, backpacks, sleeping bags and duffle bags, hygiene products, housewares, paper grocery bags.
Not accepted: food, furniture, TVs, mattresses, computers, clothing more than 5 years old.
You must make an appointment to donate. Call (651) 291-2472 to book. Donations are accepted Tuesdays and Thursdays.
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.
Open Arms of Minnesota, Minneapolis
What they do: prepare and deliver free, medically tailored meals to those living with life-threatening illnesses, including cancer, HIV/AIDS, MS and ALS.
Donations accepted: microwaves, blenders, can openers, gardening supplies.
Not accepted: most food.
Open Arms’ meals are delivered frozen and clients heat them in a microwave. The nonprofit ensures all clients have a functioning microwave to make sure they can enjoy the meals. There are no specific drop off times, however, you can call to confirm your drop off by calling (612) 872-1152.
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PRISM, Golden Valley
What they do: provide food, clothing and housing to those in the northwest metro.
Donations accepted: clothing, blankets, comforters, housewares, small appliances, new toys (unopened).
Not accepted: microwaves, TVs, furniture, bicycles.
Conflicting information as to when they accept donations, but as of January 2021, they are being collected on Wednesdays. Check their Facebook page for updates.
Salvation Army, multiple locations
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.
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 Mondays – Thursdays from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 to 11:00 am.
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 Mondays – Fridays.
Other places to donate, but are not accepting donations as of January 17, 2021
- Dress for Success
- Lupus Foundation of America
- Neighbors Inc., South Saint Paul
- Vietnam Veterans of America
- How to donate stuffed animals from Smart Parent Advice
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