Gifts of “Stuff”
Surprising how your extra “stuff” can make a difference in people’s lives.
United Healthcare employees collect pantry items, Coca Cola donates teddy bears to kids staying in shelter and All State Insurance replaces heavily used twin sheet sets.
The Rescue Mission depends on the generosity of donors just like you. With an average of 360 people a night in emergency shelter, respite care and recovery programs, all sorts of things are needed to keep the Mission going.
- Toiletry Items
- Razors, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, lip balm, toilet paper, tissues, lotion, lice medication, bandaids, Tylenol, etc.
- Food Service Items
- Prepared dishes in disposable containers, leftovers from special events, pies, cakes, fruits, fresh and canned vegetables, meats, eggs, flour, rice, pasta, milk, dry milk, juices, breads, mayonnaise, catsup, salad dressings, pancake syrup, salt and pepper, and all kinds of paper products such as paper towels, napkins, paper plates, large Zip-loc bags, chef’s aprons, and more. (Imagine what is needed when preparing 800 – 1,000 meals a day!)
- Cars, passenger vans, trucks, RVs, boats and motorcycles. The Mission can use vehicles in good running condition to transport guests to doctor’s appointments or pick up needed supplies and donations. Other vehicles can be sold to raise operating funds. The Mission is licensed by the Virginia DMV to sell vehicles to ensure that your gift directly benefits the homeless. Click to find out how you can donate a vehicle.
- Real Estate, Stock and other Appreciated Property
- Such as a building, undeveloped land, houses, vacation properties or stock can all be gifted to the Rescue Mission. The Mission can sell these gifts and use the proceeds for programs. The donor avoids paying capital gains tax and receives a tax deduction for the fair market value of the stock or property. The donor can also direct a gift for a specific ministry or The Rescue Mission Foundation endowment fund.
- Clothing, Furniture and Household Items
- Every year the Rescue Mission gives away over 24,000 items of clothing, furniture and household goods to families in crisis.
Don’t see your specific item listed here? Call the Rescue Mission at 540.343.7227. You’ll be surprised at how your extra “stuff” can make a difference in people’s lives.