Donations

Listed are various organizations that will be more than happy to accept your donations and put them to good use.

  • Again Thrift and More – This is Minnesota Valley Action Council’s (MVAC) thrift store. There are two store locations, one in Mankato and one in New Ulm. Proceeds from the stores go to its programs. MVAC is a government funded entity that helps people cover heating costs or other bills when they are struggling. Please visit mnv.org to learn more about them and their programs.
  • 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.
  • CADA – (Committee Against Domestic Abuse, Inc.) provides safety and support to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault through education, advocacy and shelter. They serve Blue Earth, Faribault, Nicollet, LeSueur, Waseca, Watonwan, Sibley and Brown Counties in southern Minnesota.  Please visit inspire-hope.org to view their wish list.  All donations must be pre-approved before dropped off.  Call 507-625-8688, extension 6 for pre-approval and to arrange a drop off time.
  • 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.
  • Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota – The mission of Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota is to assist people with barriers to education, employment and independence in achieving their goals. If you would like to make a donation please visit goodwilleasterseals.org to find a location near you.  They also have information on what donations they accept.
  • 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.
  • Kids Making Music – Dust off those unused  instruments sitting in your closet and donate to a great program! Joe Meidl, owner of Music Mart, will take your donated instrument and put it in the hands of a budding musician in need.  Learn more by calling 507-345-1399 or visit their store at 1014 North Riverfront Drive in Mankato.
  • MRCI Thrift Shop – Their mission is to create innovative and genuine opportunities for people with disabilities to support their community participation. The MRCI Thrift Shop is a volunteer operated, professionally managed retail business selling new and used donated clothing and household items to the public and is a nonprofit fund raising project of the MRCI Auxiliary. To learn more about them and to find a location that will gladly accept your donations please visit their website at mrciworksource.org.
  • Partners for Affordable Housing – Owns and operates the Welcome Inn and the Theresa House, both providing emergency shelter to homeless and/or at-risk individuals and families in the Mankato area.  They are in need of things used around the house every day.  Please visit partnersforhousing.org to view their needs list.
  • 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.
  • The VINE Home Thrift Store – All proceeds remain in the community and benefit the charitable work of VINE Faith in Action an interfaith volunteer caregiving organization serving older adults, people with disabilities, and individuals and families encountering difficult life situations. VINE is a network of faith congregations, organizations, and individuals providing volunteer assistance in the Minnesota River Valley of South Central Minnesota. Please visit their website at vinevolunteers.com to learn more.

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  • 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.