What Items do you accept for donations?
Please see our donation criteria guidelines by clicking here.
Can i drop off donations?
You may drop off donations Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm or Saturday 9am-3pm for our Airline and White Lake ReStores and 9am-2pm for our Ottawa ReStore. Donated materials must be screened and approved prior to drop-off. Please let a volunteer or staff member know you have a donation to drop off and they will help you unload it and provide a tax receipt. Donations of awkward and/or heavy items may require an appointment for drop-off.
Do you pick up donations?
If your donation fits in your car, we ask you drop off your items at the ReStore as our pickup service is limited to pre-approved items that are too large for standard vehicles. If you have a move-out deadline or demo date scheduled, please plan ahead so we can make sure we can accommodate you.
Are my donations tax-deductible?
Yes, donations to the ReStore are tax deductible. A donation receipt is given at the time of your drop-off or issued to you by our driver if we do a pickup.
While the ReStore does not offer tax advice, we do provide information on the tax rules and other resources available for donors. Tax rules differ depending on the value of donated merchandise. Be advised that if a tax deduction on a gift is to be taken, the Internal Revenue Service has regulations for filing tax-deductible contributions valued at $250 or more. If the value of the donation is greater than $5,000, an independent appraisal is required and Habitat staff is required to sign the IRS Form 8283 acknowledging receipt of the gift. To be accepted by the IRS, the appraisal must be made no more than 60 days before the date of the contribution and before the due date of the tax return.
The donor is asked to present the appraisal and completed IRS Form 8283 to Habitat at the time of the gift. The form will be returned to the donor with proper signature. For additional information, please review the IRS standard on determining the value of donated property and Charitable Contributions.
Does the ReStore place a value on items donated?
IRS regulations do not permit us to place a value on your donations, although we provide you with a receipt verifying that you made a donation. For tax purposes, the value of your donation is decided by you and your tax professional. Please read the IRS website's guide to determining the value of donated property.
Where does the money ReStore makes on these donations go?
100% of the proceeds from our sales go to fund our mission of building and rehabilitating homes throughout Muskegon County.
Can I donate items directly to Habitat Partner Families?
Unfortunately, we are unable to accept donations for individual families. We suggest that you let the ReStore sell your items and raise money to build more homes locally!