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The downtown Minneapolis community has a collection of people, organizations and initiatives that are working in tandem to offer programs and help to those experiencing homelessness.

Check out the list below to see some of the opportunities taking place in the downtown area and throughout Minneapolis that are making a difference and how you can help.

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Simpson Housing Services – Donate

April 12 - December 31

Every day Simpson Housing Services helps people experiencing homelessness transition to stable and affordable housing. Donated items like yours allow us to meet basic needs, provide comfort, and assist with building trusting relationships with our program participants.

Learn more on how to give. Donations are available for drop-off weekdays from 3 pm-9 pm and on weekends from 4 pm-9 pm.

Simpson Housing Services welcomes donations of high-quality items. Most items must be new, except where noted. Items must meet the following standards:

  • High quality and in excellent working condition.
  • Manufactured within the last 10 years, except where noted.
  • Clean and freshly laundered, free of stains and pet hair.
  • No rips, tears, holes, dents, or scratches.
  • Toiletry items and food must be unopened and unexpired.

Staff assess items and may request that you donate items to another agency based on the quality of the items and our current needs.

Donations of assembled toiletry kits, or blessing bags, may be helpful depending on our storage space. Please contact Christina Giese at [email protected] before assembling toiletry kits.

Unsure whether you should donate an item? Ask yourself if you would give the item as a gift to a friend.

It is extra helpful if you sort, count, and label your donation.

CURRENT PROGRAM NEEDS

All items must be new, unless noted otherwise.

Shelter

  • Bath towels – gently used or new
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Shaving razors
  • Shaving cream
  • Coffee, tea, hot cocoa
  • New white t-shirts – all sizes

Supportive Housing for Families

Supportive Housing for Individuals

  • Bus cards $10 and $20
  • Cub Foods gift cards $20 and $30
  • Bath towels: high quality gently used or new
  • Kitchen utensils: high quality gently used or new
  • Pans: high quality gently used or new
  • Toothbrushes
  • Body wash
  • Deodorant
  • Bed sheets: high quality gently used or new

ITEMS WE CAN ALWAYS USE

All items must be new, unless noted otherwise.

Personal Hygiene Items

  • Maxi pads & tampons
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Razors
  • Shaving cream
  • Foot powder
  • Deodorant
  • Disinfectant spray for shoes & feet
  • Lotion
  • Q-tips
  • Facial tissue
  • Combs & brushes
  • African American hair & skin care products
  • Toilet paper
  • Bar soap

Food

  • Coffee
  • Hot cocoa packets
  • Milk
  • Cereal
  • Tea bags
  • Non-refrigerated juice
  • Instant breakfast cereal
  • Infant formula

Cleaning Products

  • Laundry detergent
  • New brooms & mops
  • Multi-purpose cleaner
  • Dish soap
  • Paper towels

Clothing

  • New adult & child underwear
  • New adult t-shirts
  • New adult & child socks
  • New bras

Household Items

  • Small Microwaves: 5 years old or newer
  • TVs: 5 years old or newer, must be small enough for one person to comfortably carry
  • DVD players: 5 years old or newer
  • Bath towels: high quality gently used or new
  • Wash cloths: high quality gently used or new
  • Sheet sets & pillow cases: high quality gently used or new
  • Twin size flat sheets: high quality gently used or new
  • Blankets & pillows: high quality gently used or new
  • Dishes & silverware: high quality gently used or new
  • Pots & pans: high quality gently used or new
  • New rugs
  • Vacuums: 5 years old or newer
  • Clock radios: 5 years old or newer
  • Welcome Home Baskets
  • New shower curtains and rings
  • New air mattresses

Baby Care

  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • New strollers
  • New cribs
  • New car seats and booster seats
  • New activity mats and gyms

Other

  • Bus passes
  • Cub Foods gift cards
  • Backpacks & duffle bags: high quality gently used or new
  • Culturally diverse children’s books: high quality gently used or new
  • Combination locks and padlocks with keys

ITEMS WE DO NOT ACCEPT

  • Hand knit winter wear
  • Furniture
  • Large appliances
  • Large TVs
  • Used computers and computer equipment
  • Clothing (except as listed above)
  • Shoes
  • Used car seats
  • Used baby cribs
  • Household knick-knacks
  • Used Toys
  • Mouthwash
  • Medicine