Donation Center

  • We currently resell, reuse or recycle 95% of our donated items. Help us reach our goal of 100% by following our guidelines below 95% 95%

COVID-19 INFORMATION

Donations accepted Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00am – 2:00pm at our donation center located
at 8162 Flannery Court, Manassas, Virginia.

We do not offer in-home pickup services.

*Subject to change.  We will re-evaluate and announce when moving to additional hours or other adjustments.

  • All donations MUST be bagged.
  • We are only accepting clothing and household items that can fit in regular trash bags, no boxes, furniture, holiday decorations or larger items at this time
  • We will not accept items after hours in the blue bins at this time.
  • Items will be dropped off outside in the large gaylord boxes by the donor during the above hours. No unloading assistance will be available.
  • Receipts available upon request.


All items left outside will have to be thrown away and this additional trash takes funds away from our mission.
We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Donation Guidelines

 1. Items must be washed (clothes, linens, etc.)

2. Items must be in good condition (no paint chips, breaks, tears, broken pieces, broken zippers, etc.)

3. Items must not contain corporate logos with the exception of branded sportswear (Nike, Under Armour, etc.).  This includes clothes, water bottles, glassware, tote bags, luggage, etc.

4. Items with university logos are accepted as long as no dates, with the exception of organization founding dates, are included.

4. Shoes and handbags must be in good condition with no holes, worn soles, cracked leather, etc.

5. Housewares must be in good condition.  Please no stained, scratched, cloudy or burnt cookware, glassware or plasticware.

6. Please do not overload bags or make them too heavy.  If you have trouble lifting them, so will we.

Exceptions:

1. Rags (clothing that is stained, ripped, missing buttons, zippers, etc. or clothing with a date, or local logo may be bagged in a WHITE garbage bag and when dropped off, please tell us that it is for “rags”.

2. Technology (We will take small appliances such as alarm clocks, and other electronics. We will not resell computers, tablets, mobile phones or laptops. We do not claim responsibility for any personal data left on donated electronic devices. We cannot take items that are out of date.)

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you pick up donations?

Unfortunately, we do not have the staff to pick up items.

How do we pack items to be donated?

Try not to mix items.  Pack clothes, linens and housewares separately.

Pack clothes and shoes in garbage bags.  DO NOT overload them. Keep them at a reasonable weight so our staff and volunteers can lift them easily.  Avoid packing clothing and shoes in boxes.  Boxes take up a lot of space.

Linens (bedsheets, comforters, curtains, shower curtains and blankets, etc.) can also be packed in bags.

Housewares are best packed in boxes especially glassware.  

PLEASE pack items in boxes you don't need returned.  This makes it easier on our sorters as they are brought into the donation center.

 

Why don't you take used mattresses?

It is illegal to sell used mattresses that have not been cleaned and sanitized.  While we have the capacity to sanitize small throw pillows, we don't have the expertise or resources to clean and santize mattresses.

What's your Inclement Weather Policy?

The House of Mercy will follow the Prince William County Government or Federal Government decisions in the case of inclement weather, NOT the public school system. If either the Prince William County government or Federal government are closed due to weather, activities of the House of Mercy will be cancelled, and volunteers will not need to report for work.

However, in the event that Prince William County or Federal Government have a delayed opening, the House of Mercy will still open at its regular time and volunteers are asked to report for their regular shifts.

Volunteers, clients and customers are asked to ultimately use their own good judgment in conditions of inclement weather and are asked to always err on the side of safety.

Where do I bring my donations?

The donation center is located in the same row of buildings as our thrift store.  Look for the large white banner above the door indicating the donation center customer entrance.

PLEASE place your donation on our counter top to the right of the welcome desk.  Try to avoid placing items on the floor as this presents a hazard to guests and volunteers.  We will sort large donation as they come in to keep that counter clear.

Why are you so particular about what items you take?

Every item donated is accepted with the goal of selling it in our thrift store or to our partner vendors to fund our food pantry.  Items that are unsellable end up in the trash and too frequent trash pickups takes away money for the food pantry.  If you wouldn't buy it, help us help others by throwing it away in your home trash pickup.

Do you take VHS and cassette tapes?

This medium is not common anymore and it is not as in demand as CDs and DVDs are to our thrift store customers.

During what times do you take holiday decorations?

We take holiday decorations during the following date time frames:

Easter * January 1 - May 31

Halloween & Thanksgiving * September 1 - January 1

Christmas * November 1 - February 1

All other holidays (Valentines, St. Patrick's, 4th of July, etc.) will be accepted at any time.