COVID-19 has greatly reduced our capacity for donations. We have a limited number of locations accepting donations at this time. If you don’t see a bin in your town please continue to hold your donations - we appreciate your understanding.
Support Hearts for the Homeless®
Hearts for the Homeless ® operates a mobile soup kitchen 5 nights a week, 52 weeks a year. On average, we serve between 50-80 clients a night. Our meal consists of a sandwich, snack, and beverage, and in the winter months a hot meal. The chronic homeless and poor that we serve can choose between peanut butter and jelly, ham, turkey, tuna or chicken salad sandwich. Although the word soup is in our name, we serve hardy meals such as chicken and rice, beef stew, chili, pasta, and meatballs, along with our client’s favorite “franks” and beans. In addition to the meals, our volunteer teams hand out blankets, jackets, boots, new t-shirts and much more. All of which are given free to the clients. Visit our Mobile Soup Kitchen page for more information.
In addition to our mobile soup kitchen, we currently sponsor a food pantry and are in the process of opening our own adjacent to our long-standing ministry center. This new project, Hearts Harvest Pantry and Cafe, will allow us to serve many families and individuals that are food insecure. The new pantry will include fresh food and allow clients to pick the food items they would like to prepare and eat.
Your financial donation directly impacts the clients we serve and allows us to carry out our mission of feeding and clothing “the least of these.”
Recycling Clothes, Restoring Lives®
Donations of clothing, shoes, and accessories can be made at one of our 400+ distinctive red bins. These donations go directly to our ministry center where proceeds are used to feed the poor and homeless, and to maintain and expand our ministry. Processing donated goods have become our most cost-effective fundraiser.
List of Acceptable Materials
Even clothes and textiles which are no longer wearable or useable can still be donated! Rather than putting them in the trash, they can be brought to a donation bin. The following items can be donated in any condition (torn, worn, stained, missing buttons, broken zippers, shoes without matches, etc.) as long as they are clean, dry, and odorless:
Anything with an odor
Life Cycle of Donated Textiles
Hearts for the Homeless® is an active member of the Western New York Coalition for Donated Goods. The coalition is made up of not-for-profit clothing recyclers headed by Erie (NY) County and the City of Buffalo's recycling departments. The not-for-profits equally split any-and-all donations collected at Coalition sponsored events so that they can continually offer their expertise to the general public. Educating the public about the recycling of textiles is the main goal of this organization.