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In Kind Donations

We are thankful for the many generous people who donate items we can use or give away. We appreciate you thinking of us when you have something to donate!  However due to space and other restrictions there are occasions when we must decline these donations or perhaps suggest other non-profits that could use the items. You are always welcome to call or email us to check on our current needs at 254-753-4900 or office@missionwaco.org.

Please do not leave any donations unattended outside of our buildings or after designated hours. Specific info about where/when to bring donations is listed below if applicable – and if not listed, please contact us at the above number/email for further instructions. In general we do not pick up donations; however there are a few exceptions when we are having periodic garage sales or if we are in particular need of an item so you are welcome to call and check (and if you would like to be an on-call volunteer to help us with picking up donations – let us know!).

Please let us know if you would like a receipt for tax purposes. Please consult your tax advisor or other resources for the best way to determine the reportable value of your donation.

CLOTHING, ETC.

We have two outlets in need of your clothing donations. THE CLOTHESLINE is our retail store that sells women’s and children name brand clothes, shoes and accessories. Our VOUCHER CENTER is where men’s, women’s and children’s clothes, shoes, undergarments, socks and accessories are provided to participants who have obtained vouchers from Meyer Center. Bed linens, towels, and a limited selection of small house wares (dishes, cups, some cooking utensils/items) are also needed. In the winter we need coats, hats, gloves, warm clothes. (When possible bring clothing in the appropriate season as our storage space is limited.) Larger size clothing is always needed. We ask that you review your donations and discard any soiled or torn items. Clothing donations are received at the following times: 1817 Franklin, Tues-Fri 10:30am-5:30pm, Sat 9am-4pm.

FOOD

Donated food can be used in a variety of programs such as Manna House, Kids Café, Women’s Group, children/youth programs, Meyer Center, My Brother’s Keeper Shelter, community organizing events, emergency food pantry, and various training lunches for staff, volunteers, etc. We accept non-perishables (canned goods, dry goods) as well as fresh, prepared, or frozen food. Our storage space is limited – so please call ahead to find out which location will receive your donation and an appropriate drop off time will be arranged.

SOCIAL SERVICES

The opening of My Brother’s Keeper and the Meyer Center for Urban Ministries has increased the social services needs for the homeless and other low-income people. We distribute personal hygiene items: shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, combs, brushes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, disposable razors, body powder, body soap, new socks, refillable water bottles, etc. We also need laundry detergent to clean the shelter bedding, as well as for the laundry area for the homeless. Donations are received at the Meyer Center, 1226 Washington, Mon-Thurs, 7:30am-1pm, 4:00-5:00pm; Fri 7:30am-11:30am; Sat 7:00-10:00am.

PROGRAM NEEDS

Our programs have needs for new or used (good condition) items: •sports equipment (basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, volley balls, Frisbees, horseshoes, etc.) •arts and crafts supplies, party decorations •small gifts for seasonal parties for children/youth programs •door prizes/gift certificates for special events

We ask that you review your used donations and discard any items that are past their usefulness.

OPERATIONS

Vehicles – We accept recent model cars to sell* as income for Mission Waco. We do not have the resources to repair cars or tow them to our site, so if they don’t work then we’ll likely decline the donation. If the title is lost, please obtain a copy before donating the car. We also need some new or gently used 15-passenger vans to replace our aging fleet – just in case anyone would like to donate one or more! *If we are reselling the vehicle there are new tax laws that impact the dollar amount you may claim as a donation — please consult your tax advisor for more information.

Office Furniture and Supplies – With 13 buildings and a growing number of staff, interns and volunteers we can often find a use for new or used office furniture in good condition: office chairs, lobby furniture, desks/credenzas, white boards, desk accessories, trash cans, other supplies. Please contact us to check on current needs.

Computers – New or used recent model computers, screens, etc. are helpful. Old, out of date, or broken components are not helpful. Please contact us to check on current needs. (If you are skilled in computer repair and would like to volunteer to help assess and/or repair equipment, please contact us.)

Lawn Equipment – We have eleven properties to mow and landscape, and we share equipment with our sister non-profit Waco Community Development Corporation who is maintaining a large number of vacant lots as future sites for new homes. We have need for new or used (good condition) mowers, weed eaters, blowers, etc.

Supplies/Equipment – We need just about anything you can think of for maintenance and cleaning of our buildings. Shovels, drills, saws, ladders, crowbars, rakes (leaf and garden), hoes, caulk, paint brushes/rollers/ paint buckets/trays, other tools. Brooms, mops, floor and window cleaner, clean rags (t-shirts work great) and sponges. Safety glasses, dust masks (new), trash/lawn/leaf bags (new!), work gloves. Toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, disposable cups, facial tissue, plastic utensils (all new, of course!)

Other – occasional needs for carpet, tile, paint, outdoor furniture, washers/dryers.

SEASONAL NEEDS

School Supplies Store – Our annual store for low-income families opens in August, so we prefer to have all donations of new school supplies in by July 31 if possible – but bring them on after that as well. See web page for details.

Christmas Toy Store – Our annual store for low-income families opens in December, so we prefer to have all donations of new toys and gifts for children and teens in by end of November if possible – but bring them on after that as well. See web page for details.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Like most organizations, we often have need of these services on occasion: plumbers, electricians, lawyers, accountants, carpenters, social workers, heavy janitorial (for example, floor buffing), etc. If you would like to receive donation credit for your donation of professional skills, please consult with your tax advisor to determine what is allowable in the tax codes. Or you are welcome to simply volunteer for us with your gifts and skills (see volunteer info on the website).