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

Benny's Bed and Biscuits

(formerly Cindy's Critter Camp) 

2330 S. Center St.
Marvyille, Il 62062

(618) 344-4096

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

We always have a large need for bottled water, socks & underwear!


 Pre-packaged snacks: Crackers, potato chips, nuts, beef jerky, fruit cups, applesauce, pudding, jello, granola & snack bars, graham crackers, cookies, snack cakes, pop-tarts, protein bars, raisins & dried fruit.

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

 Meals: Oatmeal, cereal, ramen noodles, and boxed meals that only need warmed up.

 Drinks: Bottled water, tea, coffee, nutritional drinks, & juices.

 Fresh Fruit: Bananas, oranges, etc. 

*Please let us know in advance if you'll be dropping off fresh food.

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


We have a Blessing Bus that is used to serve the Metro East & St. Louis communities a few times per week. Donations for gas, gas cards, maintenance and repairs plus $200 monthly insurance payments & yearly license fees would be deeply appreciated. And, your donation is tax-deductible!

We're always accepting donations and greatly appreciate the blessings that people provide!  Making A Difference is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization which means your donations are tax deductible.  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 comprehensive list of items that are needed to help our local community, whether they're living on the streets, in cars, at shelters or in homeless camps.  Unfortunately, we cannot use all the things people want to donate, like furniture & household goods, 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 4 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!!  It's a blessing to bless others!


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

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.


Toothpaste & toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo & conditioner, brushes & combs, lip balm, soap & body wash, hand sanitizer/wipes, baby wipes, lotion, disposable razors & shaving cream, pads & tampons

   Basic Essentials 

Sheets & blankets, pillows, towels & washcloths, paper plates, paper towels, napkins, tissues, tents, sleeping bags, coolers, backpacks, duffel bags, ponchos, umbrellas, flashlights, candles, lanterns, & bug spray. Dog food, cat food and treats.

Donations can be sent to:

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