Katy Families Give Back - Through Donations and Volunteering


    KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

    June 8, 2019

    By Natalie Cook Clark

    The summer months provide a great opportunity to check the garage and closets for items to donate to local organizations. There are many families in Katy who could benefit from used household items and outgrown, gently-used clothes. Fortunately, there are plenty of options for donating items and giving back to the community. See which group is accepting what items and learn how you can get involved this summer.

    Volunteers sort donations at Clothed by Faith. Photo courtesy: Clothed by Faith

    Katy Christian Ministries

    Katy Christian Ministries was founded 35 years ago with a mission to help transform lives. Now, the organization serves more than 8600 households in Katy and its surrounding communities. To keep up with the area's growth, KCM recently opened their second resale shop on Kingsland Boulevard. Proceeds from the sales of donations go to support KCM projects and programs that provide immediate and long-term crisis interventions and counseling for victims of domestic and sexual violence.

    Donate

    Katy residents can take donations to the new resale and donation center at:

    23232 Kingsland Boulevard

    Open Monday to Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

    Patrons can shop at the Kingsland location as well as the Old Katy location at 5510 1st Street.

    Donations Accepted

    • Quality used furniture

    • Housewares

    • Home décor

    • Working electronics

    • Linens

    • Books

    • Clothing

    • Shoes and accessories

    • Some toys

    • Working appliances

    KCM can respectfully decline items that they do not feel they can sell. They also can't accept items that are damaged, broken, dirty, wet, have excessive pet hair, are incomplete, worn-out or not working.

    If you have at least 10 trash bags worth of items to donate, furniture, etc., you can schedule a KCM truck to make a pickup. Call 281-391-7400 to arrange for the pickup. To learn more about Katy Christian Ministries visit their website.

    Volunteer

    KCM can always use more volunteers. Find out how you can help by filling out the brief application here.

    Clothed by Faith

    Clothed by Faith accepts new or gently-used clothing and distributes it to those in need in the greater Katy area. This charitable organization gives Katy families the opportunity to give back to others through their donations or by volunteering.

    Last year, the Walker family collected 700 socks to donate to the homeless through Clothed by Faith. Be inspired by their story.

    How to Donate

    Clothed by Faith asks that donated clothing is clean, without tears, in bags (not boxed or on hangers) and sorted by size and gender.

    Donations can be delivered to their office:

    802 Dominion Drive, Suite 100

    Open Monday to Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

    Donations Accepted

    • Clothing - NEW or very GENTLY used clean clothing in all sizes and both genders. No rips, tears, stains, broken zippers, etc.

    • Shoes - NEW or very GENTLY used shoes. No holes, broken heels, rips etc. Soles should be intact and shoes should not be dirty on inside or out.

    • Other items - NEW or very GENTLY used purses, belts, hair accessories and jewelry

    Volunteer

    There are many ways to volunteer and help at Clothed by Faith. The staff asks that volunteers sign up for a minimum of two-hour shifts. Warehouse volunteers must be at least 14 years of age, all 14 and 15-year-old volunteers must be accompanied by an adult, who must also volunteer.

    Clothed by Faith offers three weekly shifts for volunteers, Monday to Friday:

    • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

    • 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

    • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    To learn more about volunteering opportunities, to sign up, and see a training schedule, visit their the Clothed by Faith website.

    Hope Impacts

    Hope Impacts provides support for Katy's homeless community and they are always accepting donations.

    Donate

    Due to limited space, call 713-705-7884 before taking donations to Hope Impacts.

    Donations Accepted

    • Men's shorts and pants size 28-36 waist

    • Men's belts

    • Used wallets

    • T shirts Size S-XXL

    • Tennis shoes and sandals for men

    • Blankets

    • Pillows

    • Books

    • Games for game days

    • Art supplies

    • Jewelry

    • Items to help people start over

    • Camping equipment of any kind

    • Bikes

    Learn more about Hope Impacts by visiting their website.

    The Ballard House

    The Ballard House provides housing for patients and their family members who have come to the area to receive medical treatment for a life-threatening illness. The Ballard House is always seeking donations to supply and operate their 20,000 square foot hospitality house.

    Donate

    21421 Cinco Park Rd.

    281-717-4670

    Donations Accepted

    • Gift cards to Lowes, Target, or Walmart

    • Toilet Paper, Face Tissues

    • Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Window & Glass Cleaner

    • Liquid Hand Soap

    • Dishwasher and Liquid Dish Detergent

    • Small Kitchen Trash Bags

    • Paper Towels

    • HE (high efficiency) Laundry Detergent, Bleach and Fabric Softener Sheets

    • Pine O’ Pine. Furniture Polish

    • Disposable Cleaning Cloths, Handy Wipes and Sponges

    • Comet or Ajax Cleaner

    • Lysol Cleaner and Clorox Wipes

    • Regular Coffee and Tea Bags – Individual

    • Sugar, Sugar Substitute

    • Creamer

    • 12-cup Coffee Filters

    • Canned Soup and Vegetables

    • Condiments

    • Single Serving Cereal

    Volunteer

    The Ballard House needs volunteers and they will work with your schedule and work preference. They also will work with individuals, groups, civic organizations, and businesses.

    Fill out the Ballard House volunteer application to get started.

    Learn more about The Ballard House at their website.

    Goodwill

    Goodwill offers multiple drop-off locations in the Katy area.

    Where to Donate

    2201 South Mason Rd.

    21930-B Kingsland Blvd.

    20507 FM 1093 #B204

    2401 N. Fry Rd.

    24413 Katy Fwy.

    27131 Cinco Ranch Blvd. #550

    Open Monday to Sunday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Donations Accepted

    • Cars, RVs and Boats

    • CDs and DVDs

    • Clothing and Shoes

    • Flat Screen TVs

    • Holiday Decorations

    • Housewares

    • Office Supplies

    • Pictures

    • Frames

    • Small Appliances

    • Sporting Goods

    • Toys

    • Upholstery Fabrics

    • Usable Furniture

    Goodwill and Dell have partnered to form RECONNECT, where residents can donate old computers and computer parts that will be refurbished or recycled. Any brand computer is accepted and can be taken to any Goodwill store or donation center.

    Learn more about Goodwill at their website.

    Other Katy Donation Opportunities

    The Katy community is home to many other donation opportunities. Find a charity and cause that you are passionate about and get involved to make a difference. Local churches often know of families in need too, or other donation opportunities.

    Right now, many churches are hosting their Vacation Bible School programs. Most select a charity and encourage participants to contribute donations. Talk to your church or local churches to see how you can help with these projects.

    Did we miss your favorite Katy charity that accepts donations? Share it with us in the comments.

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