Listed are various organizations that will be more than happy to accept your donations and put them to good use.
- Ample Harvest - If your garden has produced more food than you can consume, you can donate the excess through Ample Harvest which connects gardeners with food pantries in your area. Learn more at AmpleHarvest.org.
- Bra Donations - Bras and other intimates are typically the least donated but yet the most needed for many women. The Bra Recyclers is a textile recycling company that recycles and reuses bras that unnecessarily go to landfills. They provide deserving women with used or unused bras as they transition back to self-sufficiency. They have drop off locations throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. If there is not a location near you there is an address to mail your bras to. Please visit brarecycling.com to find out more.
- Books – The Blue Earth County Library system has a designated monthly donation day. You can drop off your donations of new or gently used books on the first Saturday of every month from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm at the Blue Earth County Library Garage, located at 100 East Main Street in Mankato. You can find out what they accept and more by clicking here.
- Cell Phones for Soldiers – Every cell phone donated assists Cell Phones for Soldiers in its mission to provide free communication tools to active duty military members and veterans. Find out more at cellphonesforsoldiers.com.
- CleantheWorld.org – you can donate all of the unused hotel shampoos & soaps that you have collected throughout your travels. The product will either be used in assembled hygiene kits and distributed to domestic homeless shelters or be sent directly to one of the more than 45 countries where soaps and hygiene supplies are given to children and families in need. Click here to find out more.
- Creative Reuse Centers – These centers are popping up across the country. They are places that collect, organize and distribute community discards for creative use. There is a location in St. Paul called ArtStart. You can learn more about them and what donations they accept at artstart.org. You can also Google “creative reuse center” to find a location near you.
- DonateMyDress.org - The first national campaign designed to encourage girls around the country to donate their prom and special occasion dresses to those who cannot afford them. The site features a directory of local dress drive organizations across the U.S. that will enable girls to easily find out where in their local markets they can donate or receive a dress. Click here to find out more.
- Donation Town – Did you know that there are dozens of charities that will actually send a truck to your home and pick up your used clothing donations and other household items donations for free? Visit their website to find out more: donationtown.org.
- Dress for Success – Provides business attire to disadvantaged women returning to or entering the workforce. Please visit dressforsuccess.org to find a location near you, a listing of accepted donations and more.
- DVD’s for Vets - Go to dvds4vets.org to learn how you can donate your DVDs. They can be mailed in to their office location or you can drop them off at a participating vet facility near you by using their on-line locator.
- Food Banks – There are so many people in need. You can help someone less fortunate by donating non-perishable food to your local food bank. Visit foodpantries.org to find a location near you.
- Habitat for Humanity – Habitat’s ReStore is a retail store that carries new and used home improvement merchandise. They accept donations of new and lightly used home improvement materials. For more information on how and what to donate, to find a location near you and more visit habitat.org/restores/default.aspx
- Kid Flicks – Donate your kid friendly DVDs. They will be distributed to children’s hospitals and pediatric departments throughout the country. Go to kidflicks.org to learn more.
- Stuffed Animals – Send your gently used, stuffed, plush animals to SAFE - stuffedanimalsforemergencies.org, who donates them to homeless shelters, hospitals, and emergency aid workers. Paramedics often give the soft toys to kids they meet on their calls.
- The Salvation Army - Your donation will help transform lives. Schedule a pickup, find family stores, drop-off locations and more here.
- USAgain- use it again. USAgain collects used clothes, shoes and household textiles of good quality and resells them worldwide. They provide thousands of convenient locations across the U.S. where you can drop off your gently used clothes and shoes any time of the day, any day of the year. You probably have seen their drop boxes! Find your nearest drop box and more at USAgain.com.
- Vietnam Veterans of America – Resells your donations to fund programs for veterans. Go to clothingdonations.org to schedule a pick up.
- Bra Donations- Bras and other intimates are typically the least donated but yet the most needed for many women. Ann’s Bra Shop will accept your bra donations year-round and donates them to battered women’s shelters. There are 3 locations to serve you - Chesterfield, MO; Wentzville, MO; and O’Fallon, IL. Please visit brashop.com for more information.
- Mother to Mother – Provides telephone support and encouragement to women with postpartum adjustment disorder (PPAD). Mother to Mother is the only service of its kind in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Women in the state of Missouri and parts of Illinois can receive this service free of charge. You can donate in a variety of ways, from office supplies to time to money. Click here to learn more.
- Woman’s Place – A safe place for women who have experienced violence. Their needs change from time to time. Please contact them for a current wish list at (314) 645-4848.