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Spring Your Giving Forward

Give back by donating household items and supplies

There’s power in giving. Giving doesn’t always mean financial donations; it can also mean a commitment of time or expertise or a sharing of goods.

In the spirit of spring cleaning, the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation wants to lend a hand by connecting you to some of our nonprofit grantees accepting non-monetary donations to better serve their communities.* Not only does the reuse of goods support the community—it also reduces the need for production of new products, which reduces the amount of carbon emissions released into the environment.

Check out the list below to see how you can amplify your giving:

360 Communities – accepts items such as cooking and baking goods, canned fish, meat and peanut butter

Bridging – accepts gently used and new items including furniture, housewares, small appliances, electronics, mirrors, artwork and pictures

Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis – accepts new clothing items for adults, teens, children and babies, diapers, hygiene products, ethnic hair care products, and household items

Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf (Woodbury) – accepts food items, vehicles and diapers

CommonBond Communities – accepts sewing supplies

Department of Indian Work (DIW) – accepts clothing, dry goods such as oatmeal, rice and boxed meals, canned and bottled items such as beans, corned beef and vegetable oil, and personal care items such as feminine hygiene products, soap and toilet paper

Goodwill – accepts gently used and new items including clothing, furniture, housewares, small appliances, electronics, mirrors, artwork and pictures

Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul – accepts feminine hygiene products, towels and washcloths, disposable razors, deodorant, games, craft supplies, and coloring and activity books

Keystone Community Services – accepts canned goods, perishables, personal care items and bikes

Listening House – accepts tennis shoes and boots while in season, jeans, boxer briefs, cotton underwear, hoodies and long sleeve shirts

Merrick Community Services – accepts food items, toys (for all ages), new or gently used clothes, baby supplies and toiletries

Model Cities – accepts toiletries, cleaning supplies, sewing machines, and arts and craft supplies

MORE – accepts clothing and household items

Neighborhood House – accepts nonperishable food and vehicles

Neighbors, Inc. – accepts gently used and new clothing and footwear for all ages, household items, hygiene/personal care products and nonperishable food

Salvation Army – accepts gently used and new items including clothing, furniture, housewares, small appliances, electronics and artwork

The Link – accepts food, socks, underwear, t-shirts, household items, move-in kits and baby/toddler items

Tubman – accepts bottle brushes, size 6 diapers and pull-ups, baby hygiene supplies, new lightweight and foldable strollers, umbrella strollers, new baby bathtubs, cradle cap shampoo and ointment, thermometers and coverslips, gift cards, new nasal aspirators, and new activity bouncers and jumpers

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity – accepts appliances, architectural items, building materials, bathroom sinks, new tubs, new carpet, doors, electronic parts, flooring, furniture, hardware, new shingles, new shutters and blinds, air conditioners, furnaces, kitchen cabinets, landscaping materials, lighting and ceiling fans

Union Gospel Mission – accepts gently used and new items such as clothing (for all seasons) and footwear, linen, new blankets and personal care items

Valley Outreach – accepts clothing, scrubs, purses, belts, shoes and nonperishable food

Vineyard Community Services (Burnsville) – accepts food items such as canned goods, fresh produce, frozen goods and dairy products

Women’s Advocates Inc. – accepts seasonal and comfortable women’s and children’s clothing, new towels of all sizes, new twin-XL bedding sets and blankets, and African-American hair products (shampoo, conditioner, oils)

*The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation will not be accepting donations on behalf of the organizations listed. If you are interested in giving, please visit the website your organization(s) of choice and follow their recommended protocol for donating.

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