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?

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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/

I have so many of my children’s toys there in perfect condition barely played with I do not want to give them to the Salvation Army to make a profit I would like to give them to children for free just give them to them where can I do that why is this so hard we want to give to children I will take pictures you can smell them my children barely touch them so I am supposed to dump them and his salvation box so they can get rich off of it I would rather donate them so a child can appreciate them. The mother will not have to pay what I paid for them that is the gift of giving and that is my choice I want to give it to a child to make a difference. I cannot find a place in Albany or near me that allows me to do that so I will throw them in the dumpster I guess or set them on the road and put a free sign on them.

Hi Stacy, places like Goodwill (though I don't know about Salvation Army), although they do sell donated items for profit, put the earnings toward certain charitable goals, such as job training for community members who otherwise would not have access to employment.

That being said, you may want to reach out to RISSE in Albany to see if they take toy donations.

http://www.risse-albany.org

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