Donation Guidelines

We appreciate every donation and recognize the trust you have placed in us to help others. We work diligently to redeem your donation for the maximum value to support the work of Knox Area Rescue Ministries. Every $2 in proceeds from the sales of donated items help to provide a meal for a guest at our mission.

And your gift is tax deductible. Knox Area Rescue Ministries is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. EIN 62-0670972

Washed, no tears, no stains, no mildew, no strong odors from cigarettes, pets or moth-balls. Please fold clothing and put in clean garbage bags.

No significant tears or stains, no mildew or strong cigarette/pet odors.


Not broken or badly dented or water damaged, not missing any vital parts. Minor dents or scratches are acceptable. Desks maximum size is 4′ wide x 2′ deep. Entertainment centers are acceptable if they can be repurposed as wardrobe or pantry and must have doors (glass or wood) that hide the TV shelf and other shelves.


Still in good working condition, max size of 36”, less than 5 years old, no missing knobs or buttons. Minor dents or scratches are acceptable.


Stereo components and speakers.


Examples include refrigerators, stoves, washers/dryers, microwave ovens. Still working, no missing knobs or buttons. Minor dents or scratches are acceptable.

Toys, tools, music instruments, knickknacks, books (not school textbooks), magazines, artwork, computers, clean area rugs, dishes, pots/pans, shoes, antiques, and jewelry. Please put small items in stackable boxes with lids or flaps that close.

Items we Cannot Accept

We cannot accept the following items for our stores:

  • Anything that is wet from rain or floods, etc. or otherwise damaged as noted above.
  • Combustible fuel in any tanks or containers
  • Mattresses
  • Console TVs or stereos
  • Child car-seats
  • Baby cribs with a sliding side rail
  • Building materials, including paint and carpet remnants
  • Auto parts
  • Built-in appliances, including dishwashers
  • Gas appliances
  • Pianos or organs
  • Slate-top pool tables
  • Safety helmets, including baseball, football, and cycling helmets

Keep Me Informed

From time to time, KARM Stores host or participate in community events, such as Coats for the Cold, creating additional opportunities for our KARM Stores volunteers. To be alerted of these opportunities and others unique to KARM Stores, share your contact information below and we’ll keep you in the loop.