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We’ve been very lucky to have such a mild winter thus far, but going into January, February, and March colder temperatures are yet to come. Despite these mild temperatures, many are not as fortunate to have all the warm winter gear to stay warm in these coming months.
If you are going through your winter clothing bins and boxes and are looking to get rid of coats, gloves, hats, etc. consider donating to some local charities.
Haven Housing is an organization that helps women and children experiencing homelessness or trauma by getting them transitional housing, and tools to get back on their feet. Part of that assistance includes getting them basic household items, including clothing and coats. Due to the overwhelmingly busy holiday seasons, they put a hold on donations during that time, but donation acceptance begins again January 7, 2020. Donations are accepted by appointment Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10am-6:30pm.
The following is a list of items they are in need of. Check out their website for updated lists throughout the year.
They are located at 1803 Bryant Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411.
Joseph’s Coat Minnesota is a non-profit that relies solely on the generosity of people and organizations for their operations. This makes donations incredibly important so that they can help all those in need. Their mission is to be a free store providing goods and services to those in need, within an environment of dignity and respect.
They ask that any donated items are new or gently used, free of stains or damage. They are open for donations Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am to 2pm, and can close earlier than that if they receive an excess of donations.
Aside from fall and winter coats, other items they are in need of include;
Devoted to meeting human needs wherever and whenever they can, the Salvation Army is a great place to donate your winter coats and other warm-weather gear. They accept monetary donations as well, being a non-profit. For added convenience, you can schedule a pick-up for them to come and get your donations from your home for you. Schedule a FREE pickup here.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota does great things in the underseen community of those who experience epileptic seizures. One of their main contributions is their Seizure Smart Schools program which helps educate students and staff on epilepsy and seizures. They offer these classes for FREE, and it can help alleviate a lot of the stress that faces those with epilepsy, and they don’t have to go through it alone. Classes can be done at schools, home, and the workplace, so everyone know what to do if and when a seizure happens.
They accept donations of all kinds, including clothing, coats, shoes, and household items. They will come pick up your items for you, then what they do is sell those to buyers or thrift stores, and items that they cannot sell will be donated elsewhere, all around the world. This process helps them raise money for their programs, while creating added convenience to you and your donations. Schedule your pick up here.
The nonprofit, Interfaith Outreach, serves struggling families and individuals in the Twin Cities. They have been around for over 4 decades and are a resource for thousands of families around the Twin Cities. Non-cash donations in the form of food and clothing are highly appreciated and accepted most times of the year.
When donating your coats, clothing, and other personal items, they ask that it is cleaned first, so it can be of use immediately. Also, quality is far more important than quantity in terms of clothing donations. Donations are accepted Monday through Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.