Donate with a Purpose

(For Mpls./St. Paul area)

Don’t know what to do with items you no longer want/need? Following are nonprofit organizations where you can bring used goods that will meet the needs of those in our community.


Bridging, Inc.

Bridging is in constant need of mattresses, box springs and dressers. They also welcome
the following furniture and household goods:

  • Living Room Furniture
  • Dining Room Furniture (chairs and tables)
  • Bedroom Furniture
  • Kitchen Essentials: Dinnerware, Cookware, Bakeware, Drinkware, Pots/Pans & Utensils
  • Small Essentials: Linens, Bedding, Towels, Pillows, Lamps & Small Appliances

Items they don’t accept:

  • Headboards & Footboards
  • Bed Frames
  • Large Appliances
  • Clothing
  • Office Furniture
  • Computers
  • Audio Equipment
  • Sporting Goods
  • Infant/Child Items & Toys
  • Lawn/Patio Furniture & Equipment
  • Musical Instruments
  • Holiday Items

Donations are tax-deductible at the fair market value of each item.

Bridging accepts donations of quality, gently used furniture and household goods at both Bloomington and Roseville locations. Donations are accepted Monday through Thursday from10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bridging is closed on Sundays and all major holidays.


Directv and Goodwill Denver

Offers free electronic recycling, including DVRs, cell phones, laptops, tablets, etc. Click on link to receive mailing label for those outside Colorado.


Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Specializing in the resale of building materials and tools. See website for details.

Items accepted for donation:

  • Appliances
  • Cabinets
  • Countertops
  • Doors
  • Electrical
  • Flooring
  • Furniture-household (non-upholstered)
  • Furniture-office
  • Hardware
  • Home-exterior
  • Housewares
  • Insulation
  • Landscaping materials
  • Lighting
  • Lumber
  • Paint
  • Plumbing
  • Tools
  • Windows




Read Indeed

Read Indeed is a 501c3 nonprofit literacy organization and the vision of Maria Keller, a book-loving 6th grader who wants to make the world a better place—one book at a time. Maria’s goal is to collect and distribute 1,000,000 books to needy children by the time she’s 18. She has been collecting and distributing books since she was 8 years old—touching the lives of thousands of children around the world.

If you have books to donate, contact Maria at You can drop the books off Holy Name of Jesus in Medina, MN or you can arrange a time to bring them to our warehouse in Hopkins. You can also ship books to the Read Indeed warehouse at 155 Jackson Ave., Ste 20 Hopkins MN 55343.


Books for Africa

Books For Africa supplies sea containers of books to rural school libraries, orphanages, adult literacy programs, and community resource centers. Books For Africa strives to help create a culture of literacy and provide the tools of empowerment to the next generation of parents, teachers, and leaders in Africa.

Books can be dropped off at the St. Paul warehouse: 635 Prior Ave. N, St. Paul, MN 55104

Books For Africa accepts:

  • 15 years old or newer popular fiction and nonfiction reading books (soft and hard cover).
  • 1998 or newer publish date primary, secondary, and college textbooks (soft and hard cover).
  • 2003 or newer reference books such as encyclopedias and dictionaries.
  • 1998 or newer publish date medical, nursing, IT, and law books.
  • Bibles are sent when requested by African recipients. We will accept Bibles or religious books, please place them in a box separate from other donations and mark the box as “Religious texts.”
  • School/office supplies—paper, pencils, pens, wall charts, maps, etc.

Acceptable books are gently used and relevant to an African reader.


CD Recycling Center of America

What can I send in and how should I send it?

Go to the website and enter in your zip code. This will give you an address to where you can mail your discs and packaging. To help us keep track of what’s coming in and where it’s coming from, we encourage you to log in to the website first. It’s free. This will also help you keep track of you submissions as well.

CD, DVD Discs and packaging
We ask that disc recyclables be sent in separated, and disassembled – disc / paper / case. If you cannot do this disassembly, the adult members at this work center will do it for you – but please help them help you. Make a donation to CD Recycling Center of America for the good work that the people do for you and the environment.
InkJet cartridges
please wrap in a paper towel or keep separate to help contain any ink spillage.
Cell Phones, small electronics, mp3 players, charges, Floppy disks, computer cables, printer cables, extension cords, Christmas lights
Send them on in!

We do not accept VHS and Cassette Tapes. Please do not send these.


Joseph’s Coat http://

Joseph’s Coat provides essential goods to those in need in Saint Paul, Minnesota and the surrounding Twin Cities communities. This free store provides clothing, household items, personal hygiene products, and children’s items. Over one thousand individuals are served each week through the dedicated efforts of volunteers.

Guests must provide a photo ID to shop once a week for clothing for all ages, household items and personal hygiene products. All items are new or gently used and are provided to shoppers without charge, thanks to the generosity of donors in the community.

Joseph’s Coat is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays (9 a.m. – 2 p.m.) to receive donated items that are distributed through the store. You may also contact them to make an appointment to drop off donations.


  • Clean seasonal clothing for men, women and children
  • T-shirts, socks and underwear, new or gently used
  • Outerwear appropriate for the season
  • Adult backpacks, sleeping bags, duffle bags
  • Shoes and boots, especially for our men
  • Books for adults (novels, mysteries)
  • Children’s games, toys and books
  • Candles
  • Hygiene products: soap, toothpaste and brushes, deodorant, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, shaving soap, razors, foot powder, etc.
  • Household items: pots and pans, glassware, dishes and silverware, small electric items, sheets, blankets, towels, bedspreads, rugs for the bathroom and kitchen, etc.
  • Brown paper grocery bags

Joseph’s Coat respectfully asks that all items be new or gently used, clean and in good repair.  The standard at Joseph’s Coat is that if we would not wear or use an item, we do not ask our guests to do so either.


All donations are tax deductible.  Receipts will be provided upon request.


Animal Ark Thrift Store

-Accepts furniture, housewares, art/decor items and clothing that is in good, sellable condition. We love antiques, collectibles and unique items!

-Does not accept mattresses, outdated computers/printers, outdated electronics and most large appliances.

-Donations are received at 809 E. 7th Street in St. Paul. For your convenience you may drive to the rear of the building and staff will assist in unloading your items.

-Items are accepted between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

-Pick-up and delivery of merchandise is available for a small donation.

If you have questions, feel free to email or call 651-772-8983 (Dial Option 5.)

Animal Ark is a Minnesota-based animal welfare organization. It embraces and follows a no-kill philosophy in their work to rescue, rehabilitate, & rehome 800 of Minnesota’s lost and homeless companion animals every year. Animal Ark Shelter, located in Hastings, Minnesota, operates as the heart of the rescue effort, while the Thrift Store in St. Paul provides an enjoyable shopping experience, crucial support for the shelter, and community involvement. Founded in 1977, Animal Ark is a 501(c) 3 non-profit Minnesota corporation.


Stone Soup

Located in St. Paul Park, Stone Soup helps families and individuals trying to stretch their budgets, and persons lacking the funds to purchase basic needs.  Free goods provided for persons lacking funds include: clothing, household merchandise, furniture, and many other items we handle.

Donation of Goods: Please donate items in usable condition – the cost is high to dispose of them, if not usable. When in doubt, it’s best to ask! If you have questions about items you wish to donate, call: 651-458-9786 or e-mail:

Donation drop-off: Drop-offs are accepted at our dock in the rear of the store until 5pm Monday thru Friday, and until 3pm Saturday.

Donation pick-up (furniture)
Furniture pick-up is every other Saturday, by appointment   Pick-up locations include South WashingtonCounty: Cottage Grove, Grey Cloud Island, Newport, St. Paul Park, Woodbury, South Maplewood.  If questions about location, please call 651-458-9786. Please contact us to schedule your pick-up.

Items accepted for donation: Antiques – (small) Appliances – Bedding & Linens – Blankets – Bedspreads – Quilts – Books – CDs – Clocks – Craft Items – (small) Desks and Computer Stands – Dishes – Electronics (call first) – Games & Puzzles – Jewelry & Watches – Kitchen Utensils – Knick-knacks & Decorations – Lamps & Shades –  Patterns & Material – Phones (in working order) – Pots & Pans – Radios – Records – Silverware – Shoes – Soft-side Suitcases – Tools and Toolboxes – Towels – Toys (in good condition) – TV’s (working color, small-no consoles) Yarn – Videos.  If you have old leather items or shoes, please bring them in.  They will be recycled and used in a process to make absorbents.

Cannot accept: Automotive Products – Baby & Child Car Seats – Baby Walkers or Swings – Carpeting Christmas Trees (& Stands) – Computers – Diaper Pails or Containers – Gym/Exercise Equipment – Hide-a-beds – Large Appliances – Magazines & Encyclopedias – Mattresses & Box Springs – Potty Chairs – Printers – Sofa-beds – Waterbeds


Alexandra House (helping women and children who are victims of domestic violence)

Call ahead to schedule donation at 763-656-1368

Personal hygiene items, linens, baby monitors, new toys and books, new socks and underwear

They provide a current needs list on their website.


The Dwelling Place Shelter

Donate Goods: To inquire about our needs, or coordinate a donation drop-off, contact


Marie Sandvik Center

Address for deliveries Marie Sandvik Center
1112 East Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Linens: double-bed quilts, sheets, pillowcases, blankets, bath towels, dish towels, and old white tablecloths.
Baby layette articles: New and used baby shirts, diapers, plastic pants, bottles, sleepers, outer garments, quilts, toilet articles, receiving blankets, booties, and sweaters.
House wares: pots’n’pans, silverware, dishes, glasses, cups, can openers, and cooking utensils.
Food: (We serve meals six days a week plus distribute large food bags for the needy.) canned goods – soups, fruits, vegetables, peanut butter, jelly, meat, sugar, coffee, flour, cake mixes, cookies, eggs, dish soap, powered laundry detergent, toilet paper, soap, and Similac baby formula.

Children’s clothes, shoes, coats, jackets, and boots
Larger-sized women’s clothes and coats
Men’s and women’s clothes, shoes, boots, and coats.

Christmas gifts: Please start to send new items to fit in shoe boxes beginning in October.
Children: (including babies, toddlers, pre-school and grad-school) small toys, stockings, mittens, gloves, caps, crayons, books, etc.
Teens: (need for both girls and boys) gloves/mittens, caps, scarves, pen/pencils, notebooks, combs, toothpaste, and toothbrushes.
Adults: (men and women) gloves, extra-large mittens/gloves, soap, toilet articles, men’s socks, dish towels, pillowcases, wash cloths, etc.

• 9 AM -5 PM, Monday and Wednesday; 9 AM – 7 PM Tuesday and Friday. Please do not send deliveries on Thursday. Saturday delivery available, call to schedule.
• Remember to come to the side door on the east side (in parking lot)
• We are unable to take clothes during Bible school in the second week of August and the month of December due to using the rooms for other activities.
• Call ahead to arrange the delivery of truck size loads.


Calvary Church

Supports a refuge ministry by setting a refuge family up in a home each year. Needs household items and clothing (specific needs each year include winter jackets and small-sized men’s items).

Contact for specific needs: Vonn Dornbush, Pastor of Impact Ministries,


St. Andrew’s Community Resource Center

  • food and gas cards
  • non-perishable food items
  • personal care products
  • sheets, blankets, fleece
  • cleaning supplies
  • brooms, mops, towels
  • vacuums
  • laundry baskets
  • kitchen supplies (plastic plates, plastic cups, utensils, can openers)
  • new pillows
  • electric skillets


Urban Ventures

Arts and Crafts:

  • Watercolor Paint Sets
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Liquid Tempera Paint
  • Pastels

Toys and Games:

  • Preschool Toys
  • Games
  • Book and Toy Organizers

Sports and Recreation Equipment:

  • Soccer Cleats
  • Soccer Balls
  • Portable Soccer Goals
  • Disc Cones
  • Soccer Practice Vests
  • Jump Ropes
  • First Aid Kits
  • Coolers
  • Bikes
  • Bike Locks
  • Rhino Skin Dodgeballs
  • Rubber Playground Balls
  • Basketballs
  • Indoor/Outdoor Volleyballs
  • Ball Bags
  • Frisbees
  • Tackle Boxes
  • Large Duffle Bags
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Camping Lantern

Kitchen Supplies:

  • Spatulas and Turners
  • Kitchen Tongs
  • Stock Pots
  • Serving Spoons
  • Dish Drainer
  • Sponges
  • Dish Soap
  • Electric Can Opener
  • Paper Plates


Women’s Advocates  (helping women and children affected by domestic violence) Check website for details:

Families Helping Each Other  (accepts clothing, shoes, household goods, books and toys) Check Facebook page for details:

Joseph’s Coat- accepts clothing, shoes, books, games, toys, household goods, sleeping bags (1107 W 7th St, St. Paul, 651.291.2472)

Sharing and Caring Hands- accepts food, clothing and household goods (525 No. 7th St, Minneapolis, 612.338.4640)

You can also use the website to schedule pickups of items at your house.  Donations are distributed to charities across the country.


The Unlimited- Elim Baptist Church (685 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, 612.789.3591)

From Me to You (3953 4th Ave S, Minneapolis, 612.825.6469)

Ready for Success (locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul- 612.874.8823)



Project Life (Stillwater)

Baby Equipment (pack and plays, bassinets, strollers, infant chairs, high chairs, bath tubs, saucers, etc.)
Bottles, receiving/crib blankets, sleepers, bodysuits
In-season clothes for babies & toddlers: jackets, hats, shoes  (*preemie-3T)
Diaper bags
Formula/ baby food/ cereal
Baby/toddler toys

New Life Family Services

New or gently used (clean and free from holes, rips or stains):

  • Maternity clothing and baby clothing up to size 3T
  • Baby snowsuits/outer wear
  • Blankets, crib sheets, baby towels
  • Onesies, all sizes
  • Head supports for car seats
  • Snugglies, slings, etc.
  • Books on childcare or pregnancy


2 Comments on Donate with a Purpose

  1. Debbie Nelson
    September 4, 2015 at 8:07 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi, Julee! I just found your blog! I have another idea for donating with a purpose for animal lovers. The Animal Ark in Hastings has a thrift store on the East Side of St. Paul that accepts just about anything. Your items will be sold, and the profit helps run Minnesota’s largest no-kill animal shelter. Just a suggestion…

    • Julee
      September 6, 2015 at 12:49 pm (2 years ago)

      Awesome, Debbie! I’m so glad you found me! 🙂 Thanks for the tip…I will gladly add it to my list!


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