Pre-packaged snacks:  Crackers, chips, nuts, beef jerky, trail mix, cracker packs with cheese or peanut butter, string cheese, fruit cups, applesauce, pudding & jello, breakfast & snack bars, graham crackers, cookies, snack cakes, pop-tarts, protein bars, raisins & dried fruit, mints & gum,  chocolate and baked goods.

 Canned foods: 
Vienna sausages, tuna fish & chicken, spam, ravioli & spaghetti-o's, pork & beans, soups, chili & stew.  Pop-top or pull back lids only, please.

 Misc food: 
Peanut butter & jelly, mustard & ketchup, salt & pepper, creamer, sugar, oatmeal, cereal, ramen noodles, and boxed meals that only need warmed up.

Bottled water, tea & coffee, nutritional drinks, juices, kool-aid, Gatorade, energy drinks, breakfast drinks, powdered milk.

 Fresh Fruit & Vegetables: 
Bananas, oranges, apples & watermelon, etc.   Tomatoes, carrots, peppers & onions, etc. 
* Please let us know in advance if you'll be dropping off fresh food.

Mady's Gaming Parlor
623 Edwardsville Road
Troy, Il 62294
(618) 505-7188

Donation Locations

   Basic Essentials 

Sheets & blankets, pillows, towels & washcloths, small sewing kits, scissors, sunglasses, paper plates & paper towels, napkins & kleenex, toothpicks, manual can openers,  Ziploc bags & trash bags, sponges & dish soap, laundry detergent & fabric softener, tarps, tents & sleeping bags, coolers, backpacks & duffel bags, ponchos & umbrellas, flashlights & batteries of all sizes, matches & lighters, lanterns, bug spray & fly strips, candles & citronella candles, gas cards, cleaning supplies like Windex, disinfectant, multi-surface cleaners, Lysol & Febreze, air fresheners, activity books & markers and Bibles.

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Toothpaste & toothbrushes, toilet paper & kleenex, deodorant, shampoo & conditioner, mouthwash, brushes & combs, lip balm, soap & body wash, baby wipes, q-tips, lotion & powder, disposable razors & shaving cream, pads & tampons, adult diapers, nail clippers & nail files, tweezers.

* Travel size & small sizes are easier to carry.

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We have a Blessing Bus that is used to serve the Metro East a few times per week. Donations for gas, gas cards, maintenance and repairs plus $90 monthly insurance payments & yearly license fees would be deeply appreciated.  And, your donation is tax-deductible!

Adult Clothing

 Year round:  Socks & underwear, bras, t-shirts, jeans, shoes & men's work boots, baseball caps.

 Spring & summer:  T-shirts, tank tops, shorts, cotton pants, sandals & flip-flops.

 Fall & winter:  Coats, hoodies, sweaters, sweatshirts & sweatpants, long-sleeved t-shirts & shirts, thermal shirts & underwear, flannel shirts & jackets, jeans, boots, hats, scarves & gloves.

*We're not accepting any children's clothes at this time.

Osborne Family Chiropractic
734 Cambridge Blvd Suite 100
O'Fallon, Il 62269
(618) 622-9780

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Band-Aids, gauze pads, small first aid kits, antibiotic cream, aspirin & ibuprofen, anti-itch cream, muscle pain cream, multivitamins, antacids, rubbing alcohol & hydrogen peroxide, cough drops & throat lozenges, canes, reading glasses & eyeglass cases, Visine, sunblock & sunburn cream.

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Pet Supplies

Dog & cat food, treats, toys, flea & tick collars, collars, leashes & harnesses, tie-outs, nail clippers, pet wet wipes, dog ear cleaner, and sponsorship for occasional spay and neuters, shots and dewormer.

* We always need bottled water, socks & underwear!

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Benny's Bed and Biscuits

(formerly Cindy's Critter Camp) 

2330 S. Center St.
Marvyille, Il 62062

(618) 344-4096

Donations can be sent to:

Making A Difference
P.O. Box 101
Collinsville, Illinois 62234

Gateway Convention Center
1 Gateway Drive
Collinsville, Il 62234
(618) 345-8998

We're always accepting donations and greatly appreciate the blessings that people provide!  MAD is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization which means your donations are tax deductible and tax receipts are available upon request.  Our group is composed entirely of volunteers and 100% of your donations go to our homeless friends!

We have provided a list of items that are needed to help our local community whether they're living on the streets, in cars, at shelters, in hotels or in homeless camps, and we also help fill Blessing Boxes in our area that benefits those in need.   Unfortunately, we cannot use items like furniture & household goods, or children's clothes & toys unless we request them.  Please do not donate any torn or stained clothes, and all underwear must be new.  If you have items from our list of needs that you'd like to donate, you can drop them off at one of our local donation locations listed below during business hours or contact us to make arrangements to pick them up.  Thank you for making a difference in someone's life!!