Des Moines

The Well Thrift Store

Supporting The Well ministry

 

Why pay full price? Stretch your dollars and help people

We believe business can support ministry, which is why we are looking forward to putting a Well Thrift Store in Des Moines. The Well Thrift Store provides gently-used, low-cost items, as well as opportunities for people to volunteer!

We rely on donations to support the store. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to shop at The Well Thrift Store, not just our clients.

Multi-department and donation-based retailer. 100% of the income generated supports The Well ministry.

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At The Well, we explore options and take steps to help people stabilize their resources.

This summer, the Resource Center Team has been working with a family, providing tutoring for the 3 kids a couple times a week. Yesterday, we treated the kids to a reward day to celebrate their hard work in school this summer. Jacque, Brooke, and Chelsea (one of our awesome volunteers!) took the kids on an adventure to Cordova Tower. The kids had never been to Lake Red Rock and were ecstatic for their first visit. The tower was a little scary for the kids at first, and it took awhile to make it all the way up…but once the kids made it to the top, they were thrilled by the view.  the first to make it to the top climbed back dowm to encourage the other two to join her! The team was so proud of them for facing their fears! After some time at the tower, we went on a short hike to the lake where the kids learned to skip rocks and had time to explore. The kids had a blast finding neat rocks and spending time near the water. As the Resource Team walked on the beach with the kids, one of them turned to Brooke and said, “Is this a dream?...This is the best day of my life!!” On the trail back to our car, Jacque secretly threw little caramel candies into the kids’ path, and they had an awesome time finding those along the trail…they just could not figure out where they were coming from! The team ended the adventure with a McDonald’s picnic at Panther Park, where they prayed with the kids and had a chance to talk about the beauty of God’s creation that they’d been able to explore on their adventure. It’s a blessing to be a part of God’s work in the lives of this family and to share the love of Christ with these kids.

When you give a gift to The Well, you make God Stories like this one possible! Visit thewelliowa.org/donate or stop into The Well nearest you! 

#GivingTuesday #OfferingHelpandHope

This summer, the Resource Center Team has been working with a family, providing tutoring for the 3 kids a couple times a week. Yesterday, we treated the kids to a reward day to celebrate their hard work in school this summer. Jacque, Brooke, and Chelsea (one of our awesome volunteers!) took the kids on an adventure to Cordova Tower. The kids had never been to Lake Red Rock and were ecstatic for their first visit. The tower was a little scary for the kids at first, and it took awhile to make it all the way up…but once the kids made it to the top, they were thrilled by the view. the first to make it to the top climbed back dowm to encourage the other two to join her! The team was so proud of them for facing their fears! After some time at the tower, we went on a short hike to the lake where the kids learned to skip rocks and had time to explore. The kids had a blast finding neat rocks and spending time near the water. As the Resource Team walked on the beach with the kids, one of them turned to Brooke and said, “Is this a dream?...This is the best day of my life!!” On the trail back to our car, Jacque secretly threw little caramel candies into the kids’ path, and they had an awesome time finding those along the trail…they just could not figure out where they were coming from! The team ended the adventure with a McDonald’s picnic at Panther Park, where they prayed with the kids and had a chance to talk about the beauty of God’s creation that they’d been able to explore on their adventure. It’s a blessing to be a part of God’s work in the lives of this family and to share the love of Christ with these kids.

When you give a gift to The Well, you make God Stories like this one possible! Visit thewelliowa.org/donate or stop into The Well nearest you!

#GivingTuesday #OfferingHelpandHope
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Item Donation FAQ

What kind of items do you accept as donations?

We LOVE your clean, hole- and stain-free clothing, shoes, and linens. We also accept housewares, tools, home décor, books, DVDs, toys, baby gear, sporting goods, and furniture.

Are there items you do not accept?

Yes, there are a variety of items we cannot accept as donations. These include:

APPLIANCES

  • Dishwashers
  • Gas stoves
  • Non-working appliances

BUILDING MATERIALS/HOME DECOR

  • Used ceiling fans
  • Paint, lacquers, thinners or other chemicals
  • Window blinds (mini, regular or vertical)
  • Building materials like boards, tiles, toilets, sinks, etc.

KIDS/SPORTING GOODS

  • Car seats & other safety equipment
  • ATV/motorcycle helmets
  • Old golf bags and pull carts (clubs are okay—remove from bag)
  • Old exercise equipment. Only take well-working current equipment

FURNITURE

  • Broken furniture
  • Upholstered furniture that is heavily soiled, torn or needs extensive repair
  • Entertainment centers with square opening. (open top units that will hold a flat screen are ok)
  • Organs
  • Pianos

BOOKS/AV ITEMS

  • TV’s that are not flat screens
  • Large computer monitors
  • Computer printers
  • VHS Tapes
  • Cassette Tapes
  • Encyclopedia sets

LIMITED ACCEPTANCE BY STAFF APPROVAL ONLY

  • Flat screen TV’s
  • Mattresses & box springs

Where do I drop off my donations?

Donations can be dropped off inside door #7 on the west side of the building.

Furniture donations can be dropped off through the overhead door #8.

Inform a volunteer and they will assist in opening the doorway for you.

Do you offer exchanges or refunds?

We do our best to offer quality products. To avoid disappointment, we strongly encourage you to test any electrical items you want to purchase. When items are donated, we ask donors if electrical items work and use that information to help us value items.

We do not offer exchanges or refunds. In the event your purchase didn’t last as long as you’d hoped, we hope you will be consoled by the knowledge that your dollars spent will still be put to work helping the people served by The Well.

Do you charge sales tax?

No, we are exempt as a non-profit business.

Can you provide a receipt for my donations?

Yes! Simply request a receipt when you drop off your donated items.

Unfortunately, IRS regulations prevent us from assigning a dollar value to your items.