It seems the start of 2019 is all about tidying up. With the popularity of the new Netflix show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” minimizing stuff and letting go of what doesn’t spark joy in our lives is certainly trending. That also means that there are many bags and boxes of items now ready to be donated.
With so many of us letting go of all that excess stuff right now, it’s a good idea to consider our options when donating gently used items. While there are a few well known organizations and thrift stores in the Kansas City area, there are some you may not have heard of. Many of these organizations offer important services across the Kansas City Metro and appreciate donations to continue to provide for our community.
Hillcrest Thrift Stores
With locations in Lee’s Summit and Lenexa, Hillcrest shops are supported by thousands of volunteers annually. Stores are stocked daily with donated items from friends and supporters in the community. Proceeds from the thrift stores support the operations of the Hillcrest Transitional Housing program. Hillcrest’s primary objective is to move clients from homelessness to self-sufficiency.
Located in KCMO, Scraps KC accepts art, craft, scrapbooking, and sewing supplies, office goods, and a wide variety of miscellany that can be used by teachers, groups, and the community for art and classroom projects. They offer food, community, and meaningful volunteer opportunities for homeless people in the area; teachers can purchase items at a deep discount.
City Thrift is a non profit thrift store owned by City Union Mission. They have four KC metro locations. City Union Mission offers separate emergency shelters for men, for women, and for families; long-term recovery programs for men, women, and families; after-school and summer programs for youth.
Blessed Dress KC
Blessed Dress collects and offer free prom dresses to high school students who may otherwise not be able to get one. Dresses, shoes, jewelry and purses are accepted all year long. They are accepting new or gently worn prom, bridesmaid and other fancy dresses. You can find them at Central Methodist Church in KCMO.
Dress For Success Kansas City
Donate your gently used, nearly-new professional attire here. The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. They have two locations, one on Linwood Boulevard in KCMO and the other on 8th St. in KCK.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Habitat for Humanity ReStore accepts small and large donations of new or gently used furniture, appliances, housewares, building materials and more. Proceeds from the sales of these items help Habitat’s work in the local community and around the world. Check their website for all the KC metro locations.
Uplift is a homeless outreach program. Uplift’s goal is to deliver those basic human needs, care and compassion that are not usually received from other organizations. They currently have urgent needs for winter gear.
Operation Breakthrough provides a safe, loving and educational environment for children in poverty and empowers their families through advocacy, emergency aid and education. Check their donation checklist on their website for a list of gently used items they accept.
Blessings Abound KC
Located in Overland Park, Blessings Abound accepts clothing, household goods, furniture, etc. They work with several local charities (including Operation Breakthrough, Safehome, and Habitat ReStore) to first distribute the donations they receive to those who most need them. Anything that is not needed by one of their partner agencies is sold in their thrift store and 100% of the net proceeds go to local nonprofits working toward poverty relief.
A unique local book recycler, they accept books and magazines. Books KC provides individuals with disabilities job training and skills assessment.
In KCMO, Uzazi Village is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health inequities in the community. Their mission is to increase maternal and infant health equities in the urban core. They accept children’s and women’s clothing in good condition, especially maternity. They also take disposable (open packages are fine) and cloth diapers, as well as hygiene products. They also have a lending library so birth, breastfeeding and parenting books are welcome.
Heart-n-Hand Thrift Store by Heart-n-Hand Ministries
Located at 305 N. Scott. Belton, MO and accepting donations Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Heart-n-Hand is a mostly volunteer run thrift store and all proceeds go right back into the local community.
If you’re interested in even more places to donate around the KC area, Joanie Nicholas with All Things Organized has a great list on her website.
Finally, here are some things to consider before you donate:
- Always check with an organization to make sure your donation fits their needs.
- Make sure to take the time to clean and organize your items as best you can prior to donation.
- Trash is trash. Don’t donate something better suited to be recycled or disposed of. A great site for figuring out your recycling options is Recycle Spot.