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Goodwill donation information

Northern Lights Alliance for the Homeless Shelter Needs List

 Hygiene Products:     Toilet Paper, Men’s and Women’s – Shaving Cream, Shampoo/Conditioner, Body Washes/Bath Soap, Lotions, Kleenex, Q-Tips, Deodorant, Razors, Liquid Hand Soap, Scented Body Spray, Hair Brushes & Combs, Women’s personal hygiene products.

Baby Items:   Diapers preferably large size, Baby Wipes, Diaper Rash Cream, Baby Wash and Lotions, Infant and Toddler Socks and clothing, Baby pajamas.

Cleaning Supplies:   Dish Soap, Laundry Soap, Window Cleaner, Kitchen Cleaner, Toilet Bowl Cleaner and Brushes, Floor Cleaner (Pine Sol), Paper Towels, Dusting Spray, Comet, Spic N Span, Soft Scrub, Lysol Disinfectant Spray, Dust Mops, Brooms, any type of Bathroom and Kitchen Cleaners.

Large and Small Trash Bags (tall kitchen, lawn & leaf and small wastebasket sizes)

Linens:   Pillows, Twin and Full Size Sheet Sets, Pillow Cases, Crib Sheets, Comforters, Dish Towels, Hand Towels, Bath Towels, Wash Clothes, Bath Mats & Rugs, Vinyl Shower Curtains

First Aid Supplies:   Band Aids, Anti-Biotic and Hydrocortisone Ointments/Creams, Peroxide, Gauze Pads, First Aid Tape, First Aid Kits, Thermometers (infant and adult), Tweezers, Alcohol Pads, Antiseptic Wipes.

Clothing:  Seasonal clothing for men, women and children’s in all sizes, sleep pants, pajamas, women’s robes, slippers, shoes and boots (for work and winter)

Non-Perishable Food Items:  Soups, Juices, Broth, Macaroni and Cheese, Tuna, Canned Chicken, Canned or Shelf Stable Meals, Ravioli, Spaghettios, Coffee, Coffee Filters, Creamer, Seasonings, Salt & Pepper, Sugar and Flour. Perishable food items that may be delivered include milk, butter and cheese.

Miscellaneous:  Bus Tokens for Mason City Transit and Regional Transit

Donation hours are Monday – Friday 8am -4pm or by appointment

Women’s shelter address:  202 – 1st Street NW Mason City Iowa 50401       641-423-5920

Men’s Shelter address:       307 N Monroe Ave Mason City Iowa 50401       641-380-0047

Monetary Donations are also accepted

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Drop-off Locations: ReStore (Tues/Thurs only) 517 1st St NW Mason City (641-424-8978)

                                              Landfill of NI 15942 Killdeer Ave Clear Lake (641-357-5452)

Donation Items Accepted:




Flooring(Full Boxes Only, New/Nearly Boxes)


Doors & Windows (Must Be In Very Good Condition)


Household Items

Building Materials

Lighting-Must Include All Parts & Hardware


Items NOT Accepted Partial, rusty, or oil based cans of paint; broken electronics/appliances; console, tube or projection TVs; torn or stained furniture; fluorescent light fixtures & light bulbs; unframed glass or mirrors; glass shower doors; window coverings (curtains, shades, blinds); exercise equipment 5 years or older; ladders; tires/automotive parts; chemicals/pesticides/cleaners; waterbeds or waterbed frames; computers; CRT computer monitors; printers; fax machines; dimensional lumber less than 4′ long; no partial boxes of flooring; no used tile or tile flooring of less than 1 box; broken or damaged doors (interior, exterior); sheet goods (drywall, plywood, etc.) less than 1/2 sheet; clothing; toys; baby items (pack ‘n play, car seats, cribs strollers, walkers, etc.); any material containing (or may contain) asbestos (very old shingles, tile, mastic or insulation).    


Affordables is a division of NIVC Services, Inc and currently trains over 40 people with disabilities in a retail setting.

Hours for the Affordables Thrift Store (315 N. Delaware, 423-7071) are 9am-7pm M-F and 9-5 on Saturday.
Hours for Affordables on 1st (219 1st Street SW, 423-0236) are 9am-5pm T-Sat.

Affordables accepts donations from the community Monday thru Friday between the hours of 9:00-6:45 and Saturdays from 9:00-4:45. Affordables on 1st accepts furniture and larger items Tuesday thru Saturday 9:00-4:45. Affordables also provides a “pick-up” services for donations Monday thru Friday FREE of CHARGE! Call or email Steve Beavers at 423.7071 or to schedule an appointment today.

One Vision at the General Store

We ask that all items to be donated are in sellable condition.

We are unable to accept:

Air Conditioners / Dehumidifiers Baby Furnishings (cribs, high chairs, car seats) Console Stereos Encyclopedias & Text Books Furniture or items with odor or lots of animal hair Large Appliances / Microwaves Non-working electrical items

Paint / Hazardous or Flammable Chemicals / Tires TVs / Computers or any parts of them Water damaged or ruined items

We reserve the right to refuse any item.

Please do not leave donations after hours.

Salvation Army

Accepts: Appliances, automobiles, clothing, furniture, household goods, and many miscellaneous items form books to bikes to mowers. for values on items accepted