Toy donations?

toy earthmoverChuck emailed this morning about trying to find a place to donate gently used toys:

As the only child, and worse, the only grandchild, our now 7 year old has several (clean) garbage bags and RubberMaid storage bins full of (also clean) plush toys, and other assorted kid paraphernalia. An embarrassing amount for one child actually. We'd love to see that these go to other kids as they are all in great condition, but it seems toy donations always need to be new toys.
I'm tempted to just leave them on some church steps or push them into one of those used clothing bins, but I'd rather like to see that they go to the right place.
Can you help!

Anyone have ideas?

Comments

Great topic, especially when children will be upgrading their toy collections in the next few days.

Domestic violence shelters are usually up for accepting toys, as are some community health centers (for their children's waiting areas).

If anyone out there has a gently-used Wii, I'll take that one myself.

Community Maternity Services will take lots of children's items, except stuffed animals.

Naomi tackled this back in September.

Many folks in the not-for-profit world belong to the local Freecycling group, watching for specific items.

You can post an offer and explain the type of place you'd like it to be donated to, then just screen the responses. Even better, they'll probably offer to pick it up!

Try local preschools. I used to work at one, and we never turned down used hard toys. Plush are a bit trickier, but blocks, puzzles, books, would all be well loved and much appreciated, especially in some of the less well-off neighborhoods.

city mission/259 South Pearl Street/462-0459
will gladly accept used toys as well as childrens clothing

The kid's play room at Gilda's Club in Latham (a center for people with cancer to go to) could use toys, games, etc.

http://www.gccrny.org/

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

Realize Troy city summit

The ongoing project to develop a new comprehensive plan for Troy -- Realize Troy -- has a "city summit" public event lined up for this... (more)

The Warehouse District and thinking about change

We stopped into the public workshop about rezoning Albany's Warehouse District Tuesday evening. It was interesting to hear people talk about their aspirations and concerns... (more)

"He also envisioned buildings themselves as objects of Minimalist art that reflected Rockefeller's personal taste, for better or for worse."

It's about the history of the Empire State Plaza and it's by Paul Grondahl, so that's probably all you need to know. But it also... (more)

What's up in the Neighborhood

Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: "upstate," tapping that, the 1920 waterfront, floral finds, running in the... (more)

A few facts, controversies, and quirks from the Northway's history

As noted by Albany Archives, the section of the Northway from Albany to around Glens Falls officially opened this week in 1961 (that is, Nelson... (more)

Recent Comments

I found Trevin Peterson through an All Over Albany recommendation about 2 years ago. ... His quotes were better detailed than other contractors. This spring, the job scope actually grew considerably since I decided this contractor was capable of replaceing 40 year old deteriorating retaining walls with architectural block here at my hillside home, along with an old side entrance deck supported by rotting cantilevered joists. Everything came out looking very professionally well done. He is partnered now with a master carpenter Chris Urba, and the company is now called Built By Design ... They will not be your cheapest quote, but if you want expert work they have the experience.

Contractor for building a patio?

...has 8 comments, most recently from Steve Lawrence

The Warehouse District and thinking about change

...has 1 comment, most recently from Will

A look inside the new Druthers Albany location

...has 8 comments, most recently from Jason

A few facts, controversies, and quirks from the Northway's history

...has 2 comments, most recently from -B

What's up in the Neighborhood

...has 1 comment, most recently from JES