What Donated Love Looks Like

“I say thank you to those that have the heart to donate….”

She was a shopper at In the Image – she loved to be able to get things for her family, knowing they were free to her. She knew she could never thank the donator personally, but she was grateful.

This is the heart behind our mission to celebrate donations in Grand Rapids and in Kalamazoo. After each sale, the donations go straight to work. In some cases, right on to little kids by Monday morning.

The need in our community is that great.

And you’re the ones on the front lines, helping! Now, we get the wonderful work that some of the larger box-stores do by offering thrift merchandise to help families in need. But your donations skip that step, getting straight to the case workers, social workers and public servants in our community who look at those little cherub faces every day, seeing poverty in our area first hand.

You’re the ones helping!!

Here’s just a few shots of what you accomplished because you marked “Donate” on your items:

The first batch went to the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative – a preschool program for at risk children in Grand Rapids Public. Books, puzzles, winter clothes, games, supplies, etc…

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Our next batch – which I missed getting a photo of – went to the Alpha Women’s Center. EIGHT full garbage bags of infant clothing and supplies for those women facing crisis pregnancies and in need of a helping hand.

Next, our flagship donation partner, In the Image, serves 16,000 families a year and your donations make it possible for them to clothe children. Without JBF, they don’t have enough inventory. Just look at the pile!

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And finally, our partnership with the homeless program at GRPS. Here, they came to shop on half off day. Your smart pricing allowed them to shop and fill needs that even other thrift stores can’t provide. Upon the completion of the sale, they got a box of donations that included uniform pants to round out their supply.


Tens of thousands of people in our community are directly impacted by your love to donate.

Maybe you don’t want the stuff back in your house. (YUP!!)

Maybe you can get a larger tax write off if you donate it at the end. (Itemizers for the win!)

Maybe you just want to help out in a little way that makes a collectively gigantic impact. (Absolutely!!)

We’re just grateful that what ever the reason….that you donate.

Thanks, everyone – so very much!


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