The Clothes Horse

The Clothes Horse is an on-campus ministry that provides clothes, toys, food, and small household items free of charge to graduate students and their families. Faculty wives began this ministry at Trinity over 50 years ago, and the ministry of the Clothes Horse is made possible today by the work and contributions of many people.


The Clothes Horse accepts donations during business hours of gently used or like-new items of items on this list:

  • clothing of all sizes
  • toys
  • small household items
  • non-perishable food items such as peanut butter, cereal, rice, tuna, pasta, and canned fruit (Please do not bring expired goods.)

We do not accept large furniture items. There is very little space in the store, so all items must be small enough to hang on a rack or sit on a shelf. Large furniture items can be donated to the furniture room for international students. For information on the storage room or to make a donation, contact Alan Ramsland at [email protected].

2022 Semester hours

Tuesday Mornings: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday Evenings: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

There is a bin northeast of the building in between C and D apartments, where donations may be placed after hours. Donors may contact the store in advance to schedule an after-hours donation at [email protected]. Please try to schedule at least a week in advance.

Location Located in Aldeen building

Financial contributions, including online or cash donations, may be made through Advancement and University Relations at Trinity. Gifts should be designated for “The Clothes Horse.” Monetary gifts go directly to purchasing food items.

Checks can also be made, payable to Trinity International University, memo line: “The Clothes Horse” and mailed to:

Advancement and University Relations
Trinity International University
2065 Half Day Road
Deerfield, IL 60015

All donations are tax deductible. Please ask for a receipt inside the store or request that one be mailed to you.


We are always looking for volunteers from local churches to help with donation processing or helping during regular hours. Qualifying students may earn Field Education or Service Learning credit. Contact [email protected] if you would like more information about volunteering.