One of the greatest benefits of entering into a lifestyle of minimalism, is the ability to bless others in need some of the things you can do without. Some days I feel like a UPS driver as I head to multiple locations throughout Lansing to donate. I’ve met a pregnant friend in the school pick-up lane to pass on baby items, then off to the Pregnancy Center to drop off more baby items, then over to the Salvation Army for the rest of the items I was able to cram into my car. It can be time consuming, but it is very rewarding. Sometimes figuring out where to take our donations is the most difficult part. We want to see our beloved belongings go somewhere they are truly needed.
I have made a list of some of the Lansing, MI area donation centers with their drop-off/pick-up information. I have also included any of their greatest current needs as well as what they DO NOT take. The universal request from each location is that items donated be in GOOD CONDITION, FREE OF STAINS, TEARS and OFFENSIVE ODORS.
Preferred Drop off location
1045 E. Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823
Donation Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-4pm
Greatest Needs: All things baby related
They need infant clothing up to size 6 months. Baby bath tubs, strollers, Pack-n-plays, car seats prior to expiration dates, bottles, breast pumps, slings, swaddles, diapers, wipes, formula…all things baby
They DO NOT take: Cribs, recalled baby items and expired car seat
All items are given, not sold, to individuals in need.
503 N. Walnut St. Lansing, MI 48933
Phone: (517) 484-1882
Donation Hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-4pm
Greatest Need: Car seats
They take all things baby related. Diapers, wipes, formula, toys, cribs, pack n play, swings bouncers, clothing ages 0-3 years.
They DO NOT take: Expired car seats
All items are given, not sold, to individuals in need.
1717 N. High St. Lansing, MI 48906
Phone: (517) 372-4700
Donation Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm
Greatest Need: Childrens clothing, Personal Hygiene products (attention all crazy couponers!)
They DO NOT take: Furniture, appliances or mattresses/box springs.
All items are given, not sold, to individuals in need. They have programs to donate clothing, personal hygiene and diapers.
2800 W. Willow St. Lansing, MI 48917
Phone: (517) 323-4734 Ext. 1424
Donation Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm
Greatest need: Furniture, kitchen supplies, household items, winter attire.
They DO NOT take: Mattresses, beds, large appliances, clothing (except for winter coats, hats, mittens, boots, snow pants)
Schedule large item pick up by calling (517) 323-4734 ext. 1050 and leave a voicemail. For drop off press button near the garage and someone will come out and assist you.
3700 W. Saginaw Hwy. Lansing, MI, 48917
Donation Hours: Monday – Saturday: 11 am to 7 pm, Sunday Closed
They have limited pickups for large donations and/or furniture. Proceeds go to Lansing City Rescue Mission. Those staying at the shelter receive clothing vouchers for purchasing items at this thrift store.
Greatest Need: Anything
They DO NOT take: Used pillows, mattresses, box TV’s, entertainment centers, computer monitors and printers, out dated cribs/drop side cribs, car seats after expiration date.
2655 E. Grand River, Meridian Township, MI, 48823
Phone: (517) 483-2785
Donation Hours: Monday – Saturday 9am-9pm
Drop off donations can be made to the E. Grand River store directly or at the Lansing South Corps at 701 W. Jolly Road. They are run by the Adult Rehabilitation Center in Flint, Michigan where The Salvation Army assists people with drug and alcohol addiction.
Greatest need: Furniture!!
Small appliances, lamps and household items are in high demand. They also take pretty much anything…from decorations to clothing of all sizes and seasons.
They DO NOT take: Bedding, mattresses, box springs, medical equipment, box TV’s (only accept flat screens), cribs, car seats or any recallable items.
1020 S Washington Ave, Lansing, Michigan
Phone: (517) 484-5395
Donation Hours: Monday through Friday 10:00am-5:30pm, Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Call to schedule a pick up. They provide pick ups Monday – Friday. NO minimum donation quantity required!
Greatest Need: Upholstered furniture and working appliances
They accept all kinds of things including, toys, home goods and clothing for all seasons and sizes.
They DO Not accept: Mattresses, built in appliances, televisions older than 2005, box springs, telephones or computer equipment
West Lansing- 3800 W. Saginaw St.
South Lansing- 5411 South Cedar St.
East Lansing- 248 E. SAGINAW ST.
Donation Hours: Monday through Saturday 9 am-5pm, Sunday 10 am-5pm
Donation bins are available at each location and hundreds of Michigan area Drop box locations
Call 1(866) 333-8381 to schedule a pick up. No minimum donation quantity required
They DO NOT Accept: Mattresses, box springs, box TVs and car seats. Appliances must be in good working order for donation.
Lansing ReStore 1941 Benjamin Drive, Lansing, MI 48906
Phone: (517) 374-6235
Donation hours: Tuesday – Friday 9:00 am-6:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Williamston ReStore 954 E Grand River Avenue, Williamston, MI 48895
Phone: (517) 655-1872
Donation hours: Tuesday – Friday: 9:00 am-6:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am-3:00 pm
They accept all kinds of building and home renovation supplies. For a detailed list of what they do and do not accept click here.
If you can think of an organization that should be added to this list, contact me through my blog and I will check it out.
The Goodwill has so many locations. Follow this link to find the Goodwill closest to you.
Greatest Need: Furniture
What the DO NOT take: Mattresses, box springs, box TV’s, cribs, car seats, pack-n-plays or any other item that holds a baby.
*I initially left the Goodwill off of the list simply because it is so well known. I believe that sometimes it’s hard to get rid of some things because the idea of just dropping it somewhere to be sold to someone looking for an ironic T-shirt or Ugly Christmas sweater feels so wasteful. However, the Goodwill does so much more than this for the community and they should not be overlooked. I like to fill specific needs when I can. Personally, knowing that the Pregnancy Center and Shared Pregnancy greatly need pack-n-plays, baby clothes and car seats and give them away at no cost, or that the Lansing City Rescue Mission gives credits to those staying at the shelter to receive items from The Upscale Thrift, is motivation to purge even deeper than I normally would.