Donate Items + FAQs
There are many ways to donate much-needed items to the Mission!
Homeless Prevention Center: Our Homeless Prevention Center (26th & O Street) is the hub for our donations here at People’s City Mission.
The Homeless Prevention Center accepts all kinds of donations from clothing and furniture to non-perishable food and personal care items; we just ask that non-clothing items be usable and in working order.
DONATION DROP-OFF HOURS:
Toss Boxes: We have over 30 Toss Boxes located around town. These boxes are made for wearable and textile donations. To learn more about these Toss Boxes, click here.
Haulers Helping Homeless (NEW!): This new program launched in August 2015 and makes it possible for you to donate wearable and textiles right from your curb! To learn more about this program, click here.
Shelter: You can also donate directly at our Shelter (110 Q Street). If you have a lot of donations, it is best to put them on our back dock (on the north side of the building). If possible, it is generally best to donate any large items of furniture at our Homeless Prevention Center (unless arrangements have been made with Shelter staff.)
Most Needed Items (on a continual basis):
• Gently Used/Reusable clothing (will be given to those in need)
• Unusable clothing (will be recycled to help fund the HPC)
|- Clothes (kids & adult sizes)||- Shoes & Socks (kids & adult sizes)|
|- Belts||- Jackets & Coats|
|- Purses & Bags||- Hats, Scarves, Gloves|
• Bedding: twin sheets, blankets, pillows (for the Shelter)
• Towels & washcloths
• Personal care items: deodorant, shampoo, feminine products, razors, etc.
• Mens & Women's underwear (new, large sizes)
• Diapers and kids underwear
• Medicine: Pain relievers, Cold & Flu (for both kids & adults)
• Non-perishable food
• Bottled Water
• General Food/Garden Donations (best to donate at the Shelter)
Donation & Recycling FAQs:
Q: How do you use my donations?
A: Items donated at our Homeless Prevention Center (26th & O Street), Shelter (110 Q Street) and our Toss Boxes are collected and sorted to be:
1) Distributed at our Homeless Prevention Center and Shelter (for free)*
2) Baled and sold to be recycled (wearables & textiles)
Wearables & textiles that are put in bags to be picked up for the 'Haulers Helping Homeless' program will be automatically taken to our warehouse and baled for recycling.
*It is our goal to give away as many donations as possible to the homeless and impoverished in Lincoln. Every person or family who ‘shops’ (for free) at our Homeless Prevention Center is able to take 10 items of clothing, per family member, 2 times per week. That means someone can take over 1,000 articles of clothing every year!
Q: What do you mean when you say 'recycled'?
A: Clothing, shoes, bedding, etc. that are baled for 'recycling' will be sold, with the money earned going right back into helping the needy people in our community. These baled textiles and wearables will eventually be sorted and used in a few different ways:
1) Soiled, damaged & unusable textiles will be shredded for rags, recycled rugs, etc.
2) Textiles in good condition will be sold to second-hand stores, micro-business in developing nations, etc. (So if the clothes you donate are in good condition, they will end up being distributed as clothing for people around the world!)
Q: Do you have a list of items that can be baled and recycled?
A: Yes! Clothes, Shoes, Belts, Purses & Bags, Coats, Hats, Gloves, Scarves, Sheets, Blankets, Quilts, Towels, Stuffed Animals (soft). Rule of thumb: if it's wearable and/or a textile we can recycle it.
We want your feedback!
If you have shopped at or donated to our Homeless Prevention Center, click here to share your experience. Your feedback is important to us!