The majority of the items I cleared out will be donated. I have my “go to” place to donate right now but they solely accept baby and maternity clothes, so as he grows older I will have to branch out.
Here are a few ideas of places to donate your kids’ toys and clothes:
- A Pregnancy Help Center – This is the afore mentioned “go to” for me. Pregnancy help centers serve women (and families) facing crisis pregnancies. Often times these women lack both resources and support. You can find out if your city has a pregnancy center here.
- Battered Women’s Shelter – Often times women in these shelters have children and it is also likely that they left their home situations in a hurry and with little to no bags packed.
- Family Shelter – The thought of homeless kids absolutely breaks my heart but it’s a fact. A family shelter is an excellent place to donate your kids’ clothes and toys. There are kids of a variety of ages and the shelter itself can usually use toys (and books) for the children who come through.
- Foster Agency – There are many private agencies/non-profits that help to connect families with children and these families need items for the children they will welcome in their homes (or have already welcomed).
- Your Church – Unless your church has a clothing ministry, chances are they won’t accept clothes but they may be in need of some new toys or even furniture for their children’s ministry. Make sure you ask before you dump your stuff off on a Sunday morning (that’s the children’s pastor in me talking)! Also, you may want to ask your church if they know of any families in need or perhaps you can do some brainstorming of your own. Is there a single mom in your Bible Study who could use some help? Maybe there’s a couple with one or more unemployed spouse.
These are just a few ideas of some places that could really use donations. Where do you like to donate?
Please note: I did not mention Goodwill or the Salvation Army solely because these are large organizations that most are aware of. I have no qualms about donating to these places. I’ve done so quite often in the past!