10 Charities to Donate Used Children's Toys in the US
News > 10 Charities to Donate Used Children's Toys in the US
It’s always a good idea to donate used toys- whether you are teaching your kids to go Mari Kondo and keep only what brings them joy, or simply want to teach them the joys of giving.
It is important though to remember to keep the health of the recipient in mind before you unload your toys- try to give them a quick clean and ensure your stuffed animals are free from any bed bugs or mites.
Some institutions like hospitals, daycares, and orphanages are very careful about which toys to accept to avoid any possible sickness or infestation. If you are looking at donating, you are better off giving away plastic, wood or metal toys.
Here’s a list of places where you can donate your used toys in the United States.
While the Arc is known as a non-profit engaged in uplifting the rights of Children with mental disabilities, they also hold classes for the development of the children under their care. They have chapters nationwide and while it’s not always guaranteed, they may be able to pick up the toys for you.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
This charity works by pairing a volunteer with a disenfranchised child for peer-to-peer knowledge and values sharing. They are often in need of toys for the children in their care and don’t forget to check if their office nearest you can pick up the items for free.
Goodwill turns your old toys into gifts that keep on giving. Goodwill will sell your donated toys to raise funds to help the unemployed land a job.
Habitat for Humanity
While known primarily as a housing non-profit, Habitat also runs Restore, a second hand shop which allows your toys to go a long way. Restore will sell the toys you donate in the store at low prices for which the proceeds will be used to build houses for the needy.
The Ronald Mcdonald House
The Ronald Mcdonald House is a safe place where families with sick children can stay to save on money as they cope with their children’s condition. The toys will be put to good use for the children in the Ronald Mcdonald House.
The Salvation Army
This charity organization is known for its advocacy to help people experiencing injustice while spreading the Christian gospel. It provides assistance indiscriminately, including feeding programs and financial assistance for the disadvantaged, aiding the homeless, and disaster relief.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
This Catholic organization is known not only for its charitable works but also for promoting self-sufficiency. Members of the society offer a more personal approach through direct assistance to individuals in need. They may be able to pick up your donations for free.
Toys for Tots
Toys for Tots’ primary goal is to offer hope to less fortunate youngsters through toys, books, and other gifts every holiday season. The program accepts toy donations year round and you may drop your toy donations in various locations throughout the US.
Toy libraries allow families a cost-effective means to have play dates within its facilities. They also allow the borrowing of toys free of charge, so toy donations are always encouraged. Be sure to find the nearest toy library in your area and pay them a visit.
Vietnam Veterans of America
A support group set up for US veterans and their families, your donations will help them access medical services they may need. Donations of clothes, furniture, and other household items are encouraged as well. Visit their website for the nearest pick up point in your area.