In Kind Donations
Do you have a heart for service but lack the time for it? A vital part of the services Mission Waco Mission World has to offer includes providing basic necessities to those who can’t afford to provide them for themselves.
At Mission Waco Mission World, we are so thankful for the many generous people who donate items we can use in our programs or give to those in need. We appreciate you thinking of us when you have something to donate, however, due to space and other restrictions, we must sometimes decline these donations or suggest other nonprofits 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 [email protected]
If you are interested in funding an improvement to one of our properties or learning of some things our programs need, please go to www.missionwaco.org/get-involved/groups and look for the link to the “Project Wish List.“
Please let us know if you would like a receipt for tax purposes. Consult your tax advisor or other resources for the best way to determine the reportable value of your donation.
We do not pick up donations, but there are a few exceptions when we are in need of a particular item. Please call and check if your items are needed or if you would like to volunteer to assist in donation pick-up. Please do not leave any unattended donations outside of our buildings or after designated hours. Specific information about where and when to bring donations is listed below, if applicable.
Mission Waco Mission World has two major outlets in need of your clothing donations:
The Clothesline is our retail store that sells women and children’s name brand clothes, shoes and accessories.
Our Voucher Center is where men, women and children’s clothes, shoes, undergarments, socks and accessories are provided to participants who have obtained vouchers from Meyer Center.
Please bring summer and warm winter 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, Tuesday-Friday 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Donated food can be used in a variety of programs such as Manna House, Kids Café, children/youth programs, the Meyer Center, My Brother’s Keeper Shelter, community events and various training lunches for staff and volunteers. 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.
Our ongoing programs at My Brother’s Keeper and the Meyer Center for Urban Ministries have increased the social services’ need for items for the homeless and low-income population. We distribute personal hygiene items such as shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, combs, brushes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, disposable razors, body powder, body soap, new socks, refillable water bottles and more. Bed linens, towels, laundry detergent and a limited selection of small housewares (dishes, cups, some cooking utensils/items) are also needed.
Donations are received at the Meyer Center.
When: Mon-Thurs, 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., 4-5 p.m., Fri 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and Sat 7-10 a.m.
Where: 1226 Washington Ave.
Our programs have the need for the following items in new or gently used condition:
- Sports equipment (basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, volleyballs, Frisbees, horseshoes, etc.)
- Arts and craft supplies
- Party decorations
- Small gifts for seasonal parties for children/youth programs
- Door prizes/gift certificates for special events
We ask that you take the time to review your used donations and discard any items that are past their usefulness.
Vehicles – We accept recent model cars to sell* as income for Mission Waco Mission World. We do not have the resources to repair cars or tow them to our site, so if they are not in working condition, we’ll likely decline the donation. If the title is lost, please obtain a copy before donating the car.
We also are in need of new or gently used 15-passenger vans to replace our aging fleet.
*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 15 buildings and a growing number of staff, interns and volunteers, we can often find a use for the following new or used office furniture:
- office chairs
- lobby furniture
- desk accessories
- trash cans
If you have questions, please contact us to check on current needs.
Computers – New or used recent model computers and monitors 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 18 properties to mow and landscape. We also assist the nonprofit Grassroots Community Development Corporation in charge of maintaining a large number of vacant lots as future sites for new homes. We have a need for new or used (in good condition) mowers, weed eaters, blowers and more.
Supplies/Equipment – We have a need for any maintenance and cleaning equipment for our buildings such as the following:
- Rakes (leaf and garden)
- Paint brushes/rollers/ paint buckets/trays
- Other tools
- Brooms and 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 (new)
Other – occasional needs for carpet, tile, paint, outdoor furniture, washers/dryers.
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 by end of November – but feel free to bring them after November, as well. See our Christmas Toy Store web page under ‘Programs’ for details.
Like most organizations, we often have need of these services on occasion:
- Social workers
- Heavy janitorial (floor buffing, for example)
- Health Care Professionals for our twice-a-week clinic at the Meyer Center
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 your gifts and skills (see volunteer info on the website).