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How to Donate

Sharing and Caring Hands is run by volunteers with few paid staff and relies solely on donations of time, goods, services and money from the community it serves. Mary Jo receives no salary. We do not accept Federal, State or United Way assistance, but rely entirely on donations. We accept donations of cash, food, clothing, house wares, sheets, towels and of course, your time.

Material Donations

We accept the following donated items

  • Services
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Household Items
  • Car seat & Stroller
  • Toys, TV, & electronics
  • Personal Hygiene Items
  • Vehicles

We always have a need for personal hygiene items. And we gladly accept vehicles in good driving conditions, in which we give to those in need. Sorry, we cannot accept furniture donations. If you would like to donate any of these materials, items may be drop of at Sharing & Caring Hands Mon-Thurs 8a-4p, Sat & Sun 8a-12p. Please contact us if you have question(s) in regards to donation items at 612-338-4640 or email info@sharingandcaringhands.org.

Monetary Donations

We are a certified 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All of your donations are tax deductible.

Independent Sponsors
You can support us by

  • Writing a check - make checks payable to "Sharing and Caring Hands" and mail to 525 North 7th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55405

Because of our ongoing needs we especially appreciate monthly donations in any amount and are thankful to those who include this ministry in their wills, estates and planned giving. Also, if you would like to set up a donation via ACH (checking), modify your donation, or have financial questions, please contact Jeff Langaard, Financial Manager, at 612-596-3480 or email jlangaard@sharingandcaringhands.org

Corporate Sponsors
If your foundation or company is interested in supporting us financially, please call Jeff Langaard, Financial Manager, at 612-596-3480 or email jlangaard@sharingandcaringhands.org.

2015 Tax Donation Letters for donations totaling $250 or more received between Janaury1 and December 31, 2015 will be mailed by January 31, 2016

How Your Contributions Help

Michelle, a mother of 3 children, came in to see we’d help pay the $150 fee for her to get her Certified Nursing Assistant certificate. She had struggled for years in low-wage jobs that wouldn’t pay the rent. This help enabled her to find a better paying job so she could support her family.

Many people who never finished high school are ready to work on their GED. The fee for the test is $120 and we gladly cover this for those who otherwise would not be able to take this next step in life.

John came in desperately needing someone to help pay for his medication. He has no medical insurance and a severe medical condition that requires him to be on medication to stay out of the hospital. His medicine cost $300, and he’d been all over the city trying to get help. We feel blessed to be able to help John stay healthy.

Steve came to see Mary Jo after he had completed his work training courses at a local school and had been hired for a construction position. Without the $50 to cover his steel-toe boots, he was going to lose the position. This job is one of the first steps in becoming stable for Steve, who is in recovery and wants to put his life back together after his struggle with addiction. These boots will be the start of a new life for Steve, as are the many other supplies we purchase for those getting back to work.

  • “Do something beautiful for God and make a difference in the lives of others.”
  • "Love and compassion are the secret to world peace."
  • "What is success? To love one another as God has loved us."
  • "Kindness is a conversion. Never forget that."
  • "Great leaders are great servants. Go serve God, serve family, serve your community."
  • "You will never fulfill the Scriptures (you read) until you are willing to live them."
  • "Your smile and an outstretched hand is the beginning of a miracle in the unspoken need of another's heart."
  • "Look after your feet, they must carry you a long way in this world and then all the way to the kingdom of God."
  • "Hold fast, go forward... fear nothing."
  • "Evil flourishes when good people don't speak."
  • "When someone is drowning, you don't throw them a life preserver, you get into the water with them."
  • "In the evening of our lives, each one of us will be judged on one little thing... love, love, love... until it hurts."
  • "We are responsible for the effort, not the outcome."
  • "Joy is the net of love in which we catch souls."
  • "Don't pray too long, you'll get it wrong; we must go from prayer to action."
  • "We are called to be channels of God's peace, instruments of His love."

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