Holiday Toy Donations

Each year STEP brings joy to over 500 St. Louis Park children by providing toys over the holiday season. With your help we can continue that tradition this year.

For ideas and easy donating see our online wish lists at Amazon & Target.

Please donate your new, unwrapped toy or gift card no later than Friday, December 13.

To help us better sort toys, attach the retail value of each item donated. Items in the $20 to $40 range are ideal.

Please no stocking stuffers, decorations, make-up, violent toys, balls, or used toys. Thank you!

STEP Holiday Toy Registration and Holiday Food

STEP Holiday Toy Registration

Friday November 1 through Friday December 13, 2019

Infants to 18 year olds living in your home in St. Louis Park are eligible for STEP’s holiday gift program.

Register your children one of two ways:

  1. During November food shelf appointment OR
  2. Drop in between 11/1 and 12/13 during the following hours (NO Appointment Necessary):

Mon 8am – 10am & 12:30pm – 3:30pm, Tuesday 12:30pm – 3:30pm & 5pm – 7:30pm

Wed & Thursday 8am – 10am & 12:30pm – 3:30pm or Friday 8am – 11:30am

Please expect to wait if you drop in to register.

Documents needed to register:

  • Picture ID
  • Current utility bill or an apartment lease
  • Birth certificate or passport for EACH child unless you have already registered them at STEP for the Toy or School Supply program in the last two years. Other verification may be accepted as long as it contains the birth date.

STEP Registración para Distribución de Juguetes

Viernes 1 de noviembre al viernes 13 de diciembre 2019

Niños hasta los 18 años viviendo en su casa son elegibles para participar en este programa

Registra a sus niños uno de las dos formas:

  1. Durante su visita normal para la dispensa O
  2. Venga durante los siguientes tiempos: 11/1-12/13 Lunes 8am-10am & 12:30-3:30pm, Martes 12:30-3:30 & 5pm-7:30pm, Miércoles & Jueves 8am-10am & 12:30-3:30pm o Viernes 8am-11:30am.          (es posible que habrá espera sin sita)

Documentos necesarios para registrar:

  • Identificación con foto
  • Recibo de cuenta de gas o luz con su dirección actual
  • Certificado de nacimiento o pasaporte para cada niño a menos que haya registrado CADA niño para el programa de regreso a la escuela dentro de los dos últimos años. Otros verificaciones oficiales de fecha de nacimiento serán aceptados también.


STEP Holiday Food

STEP provides holiday food during the month of November as part of our daily food shelf experience. Clients also receive a gift card to the store to purchase holiday meat. Interested parties must make a food shelf appointment during the month of November.







Fall Matching Campaign

Fall Matching Campaign culminates on Give to the Max Day!

All individual donations will be matched up to $61,550 between October 14 and November 14, 2019. 

This Thursday ONLY, we will engage in some silliness for your financial support of STEP’s mission. Check out the options below.

  1. 1. Make Executive Director Derek do a dance of your choice – $100

– A video will be posted to the STEP Facebook page.

– Derek would like you to know that quality and accuracy is not guaranteed.

– Gifts cannot be pooled.


2. Send a vegetable to St. Louis Park landmarks – $400

– A video or picture of STEP staff member dressed as a vegetable will be posted to the STEP Facebook page.

– Locations: Miracle Mile, Sota Clothing, American Legion, The Block, Nordic Ware, SLP High School, Oriole Stadium, City Hall, West End, Knollwood, Citizens Bank, Methodist Hospital, The ROC/Rec Center, Park Tavern, Texa-Tonka, or a landmark of your choice in St. Louis Park.

– Gifts cannot be pooled.


3. Make Derek, a life-long Packer fan, wear Vikings gear and  perform SKOL Chant – $750

– He will wear the Vikings outfit all day.

– Gifts cannot be pooled.

– Video of SKOL chant will be posted to the STEP Facebook page.




4. Send your friends or family a vegetable gram – $1,000

– An amazing ear of corn costume has been acquired.

We will deliver message of the donors choice.

– Limited to St. Louis Park.

– A video or picture will be posted to the STEP Facebook page.

– Gifts can be pooled up to two donors (Ex. Two donors could each donate $500).



5. Give Derek the haircut of your choice – $8,000

– Actual haircut will take place on Friday, November 15th.

– Video and picture will be uploaded to the STEP Facebook page.

– Gifts can be pooled up to four donors (Ex. Four donors could each donate $2,000).







General Rules:

  1. Cannot be applied to previous donations, only donations on Thursday.
  2. Depending on volume, video or picture may not be posted to Facebook until after Give to the Max Day but all entries will be completed.
  3. To participate send us a direct message on Facebook, on Give to the Max Day November 14th, indicating which item you would like. We will reply back and confirm the item is still available. Once you receive confirmation you can make your donation online, drop off a check (8am-4pm), or make a credit card donation at STEP.


For our neighbors who need assistance, STEP is there. STEP social workers met with each client to listen to their needs, offer support, and connect them to resources for their situation. The STEP food shelf distributes over half a million meals worth of food to over 3,500 residents each year, but we are so much more than a food shelf. We fulfill residents’ needs with our Clothes Closet, school supplies, winter coats, holiday toys, diapers, baby food, homelessness prevention and volunteer transportation.

Each day we live out the community’s commitment to care for families. Here are what our clients have shared with us about our work:

I am a single mother of two teens. We struggle to make ends meet and make three square meals. With STEP our meals became so much easier to compile and are very well-rounded. -“Rhonda”

Even when money is tight and I only have enough cash to buy gas until payday, I know my family will have food on the table. My kids never have to worry about going hungry. I get my school supplies, some Christmas presents, and have even received a bike for my son from STEP! -“Sarah”

I was out of treatment, broke, and hungry. I googled places for help and STEP was there. I was blessed with food, transportation, and treated respectfully with dignity and concern from the staff.  -“Charles”

With your donation you ensure people like Rhonda, Sarah, and Charles don’t go without necessities. STEP is an independent nonprofit organization primarily supported by donations from the local community.

Please join us in our commitment to empower lives and restore hope.  Click here to donate now!

We have exciting news that we will be announcing on our social media pages November 11th! Stay tuned…

Empty Bowls 2019 – Diane Forest and Julie Lapointe

Photo by Jamie Chismar of Super Deluxe Design

Coats and Winter Wear Available


The Clothes Closet is ready for winter! We may not want the cold weather to come yet, but we are ready for it! We have coats, snow pants, boots and mittens to make sure everyone in SLP is able to stay warm!

  • During the month of October STEP provides winter coats and other winter clothing items to residents in need living in St. Louis Park. Residents may access this program as they would the clothing closet.
  • This program is in partnership with the Coats for Kids Program sponsored by Pilgrim’s Cleaners. Donations from the community are also welcomed.

Warm Coats for Winter Needed!

We are collecting clean, warm winter coats and accessories to provide for our St. Louis Park neighbors in need. STEP will have coats available to guests in October, however, due to space limitations, it is requested that collected items be delivered to STEP in September.

All ages and sizes of Coats/Jackets* and Accessories are needed.  *Please only warm winter coats–no lightweight jackets or vests.

Accessories especially needed in all sizes: Boots, Gloves, Mittens, Snow Pants

Click here to order via STEP’s Amazon Wish List

Thank you for helping to ensure that everyone in St. Louis Park will be warm this coming winter!

For additional information please call Mari-Claire at 952-925-4899, x.1800, or

*Please only warm winter coats, no lightweight jackets or vests.

Please drop off donations during our regular open hours at the back of the building. Pull up in the alley and ring the doorbell. A volunteer will answer, take your donations, and provide you with a receipt. Donations left outside the building when STEP is closed will be considered dumping and be referred to law enforcement. Food, clothing, and other donations are vital to STEP’s mission.

Donation Hours

STEP Receives Highest Rating

STEP has been given the highest, four-star rating from Charity Navigator, a national watchdog of nonprofit charities.

The group rates charities for their accountability and transparency, as well as their financial health.

STEP is one of 39 small Minnesota nonprofit organizations to receive this top rating! Click here to see our profile on Charity Navigator.

STEP in Steel Toe Update

Thank you to all those who came out to the 4th Annual STEP in Steel Toe. Together we raised over $15,000 to prevent homelessness in St. Louis Park. Cheers to that!

A special thank you to our sponsor Bridgewater Bank for their help making this event so successful. We hope to see you all again next year!


STEP Donor Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy 

The St. Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP) is committed to respecting the privacy of our donors. We have developed this privacy policy to ensure our donors that donor information collected both online and offline will not be shared with any third party.

STEP provides this Donor Privacy Policy to make you aware of our privacy policy and to inform you of the way your information is used. We do not ask for your personal information unless we truly need it. We will not sell, share or trade our donors’ names or personal information with any other entity. We will not send mailings to our donors on behalf of any other organization.

This policy applies to all donor information received online at, as well as any written or oral communications. If STEP utilizes a third party to process donations, our donors’ information will only be used for the purposes of processing the donation.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact STEP’s business manager at or 952-925-4899.

SLP Outstanding Citizen Award

STEP program manager Julie Lapointe was recognized last week with the Outstanding Citizen award at the St. Louis Park State of the Community for her 25 years of social work in SLP. STEP is very proud to have Julie with us and we congratulate her on this well deserved award!