Clothing Donations

Clothing Donations:

Clothing donations are very important to the patrons of the Union Gospel Mission.  Many of our clients are out in the elements and get cold, wet and are dangerously under-dressed for our Minnesota weather.  That said, in order to provide free items of clothing we need donations and are very thankful for them, as are our patrons.   Indeed…

THIS IS A WONDERFUL PROGRAM, BUT IT NEEDS TO BE SELF-SUSTAINING, AND NOT COST THE MISSION IN EXCESS STAFF TIME AND GARBAGE COLLECTION COSTS. 

Sadly, people are ruining this much needed program.  Things have been getting seriously out of hand.   Recently we have been receiving donations of bags and bags of filthy, musty, even moldy, stinky, some with big globs of animal hair, body fluids, etc.   We must see to it these donations are gone through and then hauled up and put in our dumpster.  It is very demeaning to our patrons and staff, not to mention very labor intensive.  We do not have the staff power to waste time on trying to process/sort and  haul up and fill up our dumpsters.  Then to pay additional fees to have extra garbage hauled away.    THEREFORE, we need to make some changes in order to better manage this much needed program.

Effective immediately, we are only taking donations M-F,  11:00-4:00 pm  (NO WEEKENDS OR HOLIDAYS).   If you would like to help be part of the solution and help us keep this important program going, we ask that you call during this time (or ahead of your donation drop off) and talk to Christina or Susan and arrange a drop off time.  We will need to look into each bag donated before we can accept it.  Please note we are a 501 c 3 and would appreciate the opportunity to give you a tax donation slip for your gifts.  It helps us and you!   

AGAIN,  ALL  ITEMS MUST BE NEW OR GENTLY USED AND ABSOLUTELY CLEAN!!!   ALSO, DONATIONS NEED TO BE FITTING OF THE SEASON.  Winter is only warm winter clothing/gear, etc.  Summer, lightweight summer wear, please respect that.  If you have a mixed bag of items, please take them to another business that is specifically geared to sort and get clothing out for sale. Thank you so very much for being part of the solution and being a positive part of our greater community.  Many blessings to you!

Union Gospel Mission:  218-722-1196, or email us at ugmduluth@msn.com