In the spirit of Giving, SPAAR has designated the entire month of November as #ThanksGivingBack! For 30 days, SPAAR encourages all its members to continue to be Good Neighbors and to create Better Communities. One of the many ways to give-back is to contribute to one of the five collection drives at SPAAR. Drop off donations for one of the Give-Back Drives at the nearest SPAAR office during business hours.
Saint Paul Office
325 Roselawn Avenue East, St. Paul MN 55117
Open M-F, 8:30 am to 4:45 pm
Coon Rapids Office
3200 Main Street, Suite 245, Coon Rapids MN 55448
Open M-F, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Challenge your office and your neighbors to fill a box! Gather items at your open houses!
What are we collecting?
SPAAR has five different buckets to fill: food, hats, mittens, winter coats, toys, blankets, and hand/feet warmers.
Give to one. Give to many. If you don’t find yourself near a SPAAR Office this month, find an organization local and meaningful to you! Whatever you choose, thank you for making a difference.
FOOD for a local food shelf.
- Meats, fish and protein – canned tuna, ham or chicken, corned beef, salmon, beef stew, chili, peanut butter, canned/dried beans, soup, dry milk, canned milk, boxed pudding, Jello, cheese spreads
- Fruits and vegetables – 100% fruit juice, canned fruits and vegetables, instant potatoes
- Complete meals – pasta & canned sauce, boxed meals, hearty soups
- Grains – cereal, rice
- Special diet foods – gluten-free, low-sugar, low-sodium, baby food, boxed baby cereal, baby formula
- Personal care products – shampoo, deodorant, soap, diapers, toilet paper, feminine hygiene, toothpaste
- Cleaning supplies – laundry detergent, paper towels, kitchen and bathroom cleaners
HATS, MITTENS, & COATS for International Institute of MN.
The International Institute of Minnesota provides services and resources to empower New Americans (immigrants and refugees) in the pursuit of their goals. From language learning and job training to immigration assistance, citizenship classes, refugee resettlement, case management and the Festival of Nations, the Institute offers New Americans a pathway for a strong start to a new life in our community.
The Institute, founded in 1919 as a branch of the YWCA of Saint Paul, addressed unmet needs of immigrant women and their families by providing support services as well as English and citizenship classes. Throughout its 100-year history, the Institute has offered innovative programs to meet the changing needs of Minnesota’s immigrants.
"We seek a community where New Americans can ﬁnd respect, support, and safety, and where they can achieve their full potential in their new lives."
Your in-kind donations help refugees, asylees, survivors of trafficking, unaccompanied children and other New Americans by providing essential tools to thrive at work, school and home. All hats, mittens, and warm winter coats donated should be either new or clean and gently used.
BLANKETS for Bridging.
Bridging, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization primarily serving the Twin Cities, provides donated furniture and household goods to families and individuals transitioning out of homelessness and poverty. Bridging gives hope – and for many – a leap toward stability for the first time. With locations in Roseville and Bloomington, Bridging is driven by volunteers and donations of basic home essential items from the community.
Since 1987, Bridging has served more than 100,000 households (more than 300,000 individuals), and reduces landfill space by 11 million pounds each year. View the Founder Fran legacy video to hear more about Bridging’s origin and story behind the mission.
Between both locations, Bridging serves an average of 100 appointments every week, which translates into about 250 individuals every week. That means they are distributing about 250 blankets, towel sets, sheet sets, and pillows every week! Help Bridging reach their goal to provide one blanket per person served. All blankets donated should be either new or clean and gently used.
HAND & FEET WARMERS for REALTORS® Charitable Foundation.
REALTORS® Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization coordinating charitable giving programs on behalf of SPAAR’s 8,000+ members. Guided by a volunteer Board of Directors, this independent foundation is making a positive impact through gifts from members and corporations, as well as support from fundraising events throughout the year. We are dedicated to building Better Communities, and annually focus on awarding scholarships to students from our member families and grants to local organizations which positively impact the communities and projects where SPAAR members live and work.
The Hand & Feet Warmers collected annually are distributed to the unsheltered community during the cold months in Minnesota.
TOYS for Toys for Joy.
Toys for Joy is a 501(c)(3) Charitable Program that was founded in 1986 by the North Metro Realtor® Association. The Toys for Joy program assists families in the Anoka County area that are in need during the holiday season.
We assist those families that may otherwise be unable to provide gifts and meals to their children. Each year, Toys for Joy has touched the lives of well over 1000 families with approximately 4000 children.
Our biggest challenge is getting gifts for children between the ages of 12-18 years old. We are reaching out to the public to help us fill this need. If you’re considering a donation, this is where you can be of the biggest assistance to us.