10/2/20 – Code Blue Drive collects coats for Mel Trotter

Mel Trotter Ministries kicked off their annual “Code Blue Drive” and between now and December 31st they are collecting new or like-new winter weather items to help keep homeless neighbors warm.

“Code blue” is a term used by MTM to describe the most extreme winter conditions in West Michigan, when temperatures fall significantly and stay below freezing over a period of time – putting men, women and children who are exposed to the elements at severe risk of hypothermia, frost bite or even death.

Keep your neighbors in need safe and warm this season by donating items to protect them from the harsh Michigan winters.

Winter Warm Up List

New or like new winter weather items for men, women and children.

  • Winter coats (urgent need for men’s sizes)
  • Waterproof winter boots (Men’s sizes 8-11, Women’s sizes 6.5-8.5)
  • Waterproof winter gloves
  • Hats
  • Socks
  • Underwear (men’s and women’s M-2XL)
  • Long underwear (men’s and women’s M-2XL)
  • Hand warmers

New or like new items items may be dropped off at any of the Code Blue Drive drop off sites (look for the blue barrels) our downtown location at 225 Commerce Ave SW.

Code Blue Drive Drop-off Locations

Use the map below to find the nearest location to you.

Mel Trotter Ministries

  • 225 Commerce Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Everett’s Gardens

  • 240 84th St SE, Byron Center, MI 49315

Blue Water Grill

  • 5180 Northland Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Allied Mechanical

  • 3860 Roger B Chaffee Memorial Blvd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49548

May Mobility

  • 625 First St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Walker Roadhouse

  • 3272 Remembrance Rd NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534

BC Pizza

  • 2034 Lake Michigan Dr NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Midtowne Smiles

  • 555 Mid Towne St #104, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Northway Family Dentistry

  • 3050 Ivanrest Ave SW, Grandville, MI 49418
  • 847 Parchment Dr. SE #110 Grand Rapids, MI 49506