Why donate to North Kent Connect?

The sale of your gently-used clothing and household items allows us to provide food, programming, and other basic resources to families in northern Kent County.

Your food donations go directly to our Client-Only Market Pantry, which is FREE to all NKC Clients.

Clothing & Houseware Donations (south side of the building):

Please note that large donations may be turned away if the area is full close to closing.

Monday & Wednesday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

We ask that you please put your items in a bag or box, and keep household items separate from clothing for easier unloading, and refrain from bringing large donations at the end of the day. Face masks are required in the donation area. Donation slips will be available.

Food Donations (north side of the building):

We will not be accepting food donations from Jan. 15-25 due to construction. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Please see the donation information guidelines following the clothing and housewares section.

Clothing & Housewares – Please DO Donate

  • Clothing – Clean and in any condition except wet, covered in pet hair, or with an unpleasant odor
  • Shoes
  • Accessories
  • Handbags and luggage
  • Clean domestics – Curtains, linens, bedspreads, blankets
  • Books
  • Records, CDs, videos, DVDs
  • Working electronics – CD & DVD players, game systems, radios
  • Small working appliances – Blenders, mixers, microwaves, toasters, toaster ovens
  • Housewares – Dishes, glasses, flatware, utensils, vases, lamps
  • Collectibles, knick-knacks and decorations
  • Sporting goods, exercise equipment and bicycles – No treadmills
  • Toys and clean stuffed animals

Clothing & Housewares – Please DO NOT Donate

We cannot accept the following items under any circumstances:

  • Anything broken, damaged, rusted, or not working
  • Furniture
  • Mattresses
  • Futons
  • TVs
  • Computers and monitors
  • Automobile parts of any kind – tires, rims, hubcaps
  • Bathroom and kitchen fixtures
  • Hazardous materials – Household chemicals, insecticides
  • Cribs, playpens, car seats
  • Large working appliances – Washers, dryers, stoves
  • Home repair materials – windows, doors, lumber, drywall
  • Weapons – guns, knives, collectible swords, ammunition
  • Recalled items
  • Rugs or carpets
  • Refrigerators
  • Treadmills
  • Playground equipment
  • Patio furniture

Food Donation Guidelines

  • Please do not donate food items that have expired
  • We do accept surplus food from local farms and businesses
  • Guidelines for donations of meat follows…

Donations of meat, venison, pork and beef:

We have an abundance of calls about donations of Venison (deer) meat and 4H animal donations. While we would love to be able to give donated meat away in our Free Market Pantry to our Clients, we must adhere to the guidelines provided by MDARD:

Venison: must be processed by a MDARD licensed facility and be properly labeled.

Beef and Pork: must be processed at a facility where the meat has been USDA inspected.

The meat must be properly labeled with: The Cut of the meat, weight, name and address of responsible party, and have the USDA seal of inspection.