Operation Breakthrough graciously accepts donations of a wide variety of goods. These donations are used to help our families meet the basic needs for food, clothing, hygiene items and other basic necessities. If requested, Operation Breakthrough will provide a tax receipt to the donor, listing the items donated and the date. Operation Breakthrough will not assign a value to the donated goods.
For the safety of our children and proper staffing, donated goods are accepted Monday-Friday from 12:30-3:30 at our entrance on Forest Street. Come to the back door and someone will assist you.
Packing and Labeling
If possible, please separate any used children’s clothing from adult clothing and put them in separate bags or boxes. Please label the outside of the bag. This helps us tremendously in sorting and processing your donations.
Priority Items Needed and Accepted
Operation Breakthrough operates a food pantry for our families. Non-perishable items such as canned goods and staples are always in need.
We are always in need of diapers of all sizes to provide to our families
Hygiene items such as soap, toothpaste, paper products, feminine hygiene, shampoo, laundry soap and cleaning supplies are always in need. Federal regulations prohibit using food stamps, a primary source of income for some of our families, on these important items. Travel size items are always appreciated.
New or gently used and cleaned children’s clothing is always needed. Operation Breakthrough operates, with the help of some wonderful volunteers, a full children’s clothing closet. Our family advocates help identify children in need of clothes and our volunteers fill “orders” each week. School uniform pants and shirts are also needed. New children’s underwear and socks go quickly – and we can always use more of those. Coats, gloves, hats and scarves are needed each year.
We love to surround our children with books and encourage them to take their favorite books home with them.
New Children’s Toys
New children’s toys stock our birthday closet. Each child receives an age and gender-appropriate gift on their birthday.
Our new mothers often need Strollers and infant carriers. However, these must be clean and in good condition. We do not want to give our families any items that might pose a safety hazard to their children
We accept the following items, but have very limited space for storage. Our distribution of these items is not on a selective or need basis, but more on a first come basis. There may be another organization better suited to the distribution of these donated goods.
We accept gently used and clean adult clothing. We do not maintain a clothing closet for adults. Donated adult clothes are placed in a dedicated area where our parents can sort through them and take what they want.
Used Children’s Toys
Due to accreditation standards, used children’s toys cannot always be utilized in our classrooms. Therefore we will make donated used toys available to our families to take home for their children’s enjoyment.
Household Goods and Home Décor
Cookware, small appliances, pictures, vases, artificial flowers, etc. in good condition can help our families establish a better environment in their homes. These can come to Operation Breakthrough in our parents’ give-away area.
Furniture and Appliances
We accept household furniture and appliances on a limited basis. These items must be in good working condition. Furniture is provided to our families through a regular distribution that is coordinated by our Family Advocates. We cannot accept furniture at our location at 3039 Troost. Furniture is sorted and stored at our warehouse at 75th and Spruce. We have a very limited ability to pick up furniture but can occasionally do so if given enough notice. We ask that you call our donation line at 816-329-5263 to learn what items we are in need of, when our next distribution is scheduled for and what pick-up or delivery options are currently available.
We do not accept the following:
- Televisions that are older than 5 years. The date is on the back of the television.
- Any electronic items or computers not in working order.
- Cribs older than 2010.
- Items broken, not in good condition, soiled clothing, old magazines.