Where to donate clothing, toys, baby items and…everything!
I had 2 readers write in asking if we could do a post on where to donate used kids’ and household items. It is the perfect time of year to clean out and declutter your kids’ toy boxes and book shelves. So, box up the old baby items, strollers, swings and even stuffed animals- and send them off to someone else who will see them as treasures. Thanks to local mom and professional organizer Amanda Wiss of Urban Clarity for creating this much “asked for” donation list.
Of the nine non-profits listed below, four will pick up for free, two pick up for a fee, seven accept drop-offs, and two accept stuffed animals! Don’t have a car? Book a car service and drop them off – reclaiming the space and having others use your items is well worth it!
306 West 37th Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10018
*New and gently used infant and toddler clothing (ages 0-4), bedding, some furniture, toys and gear. No cribs. See complete list on their website. Items can be dropped off at the office Monday – Friday between 9-5. Call the office to schedule an appointment. Brooklyn pick-up process: Call the office to schedule. Pickups are done by courier. It’s currently $46 for up to 3 large pieces – bags, boxes or furniture (up to 100 lbs). Each additional piece is $2.35 per item. The courier fee is included in the tax deduction you receive.
258 Livingston St. (at Bond in Boerum Hill)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
1100 Fulton Street (between Classon and Franklin in Clinton Hill)
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Goodwill benefits people with disabilities and they provide a list of acceptable donations on their website. The list includes clothing, shoes, books, media, house wares and clean and functional games and toys. Donations to Goodwill are tax-deductible and donors receive tax receipts upon request.
122 Montague Street (between Henry and Hicks in Brooklyn Heights)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Housing Works is working to end homelessness and AIDS through advocacy. Donations are accepted Mon-Sat: 11 AM-7 PM, Sun: 12 PM-5 PM. Housing Works offers free and convenient pick-up service for furniture donations; however, they are unable to accept baby furniture. Guidelines and requirements for furniture donations are available on their website. Call 1-888-HW-Donate to schedule a pickup.
24 15th Street #204 Brooklyn NY 11215 (between 2nd/3rd Avenue in Gowanus).
Our drop-off hours are Thursdays 3p-6p and Fridays 9a-12p.
Little Essentials (LE) is a community-based organization that helps keep families together by providing free baby and toddler (to age 4) clothing, gear, toys and other essential items to Brooklyn families living in poverty. Little Essentials helps keep children safe (in cribs, car seats and clothing); lifts the spirits and provides hope to their parents; takes care of our environment by reusing items that are only briefly used.
Red Hook Community Center
603-B 595 Clinton ave.Clinton Street (between Centre and Garnet in Red Hook)
Brooklyn, NY 11231
They mostly need food and clothes, but happily accept almost anything useful for young families, including stuffed animals. They’re open Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., so next time you’re heading to Ikea or Fairway, bring some items to drop off. They’re always incredibly grateful!
Room to Grow
54 West 21st Street #401
New York, NY 10010
*infant and toddler clothing (up to size 4T) books, toys, equipment, and other items in truly excellent condition. No stuffed animals, cribs, furniture, or car seats. To receive a tax deduction, you must fill out the tax receipt form located on their web site. Donations can be made at the office Monday – Friday between 9:30-5. Call the office to schedule an appointment. Brooklyn pick up process: Call the office to schedule a pick-up, which can usually be done same day. It’s through a messenger service, and there is a tax-deductible fee depending on the amount to pick up. They also take donations of clothing and books at Petit Bateau located at 1094 Madison Ave. (at 86th St.) (212.988.8884). Customers who drop off items for Room to Grow receive 10% off their purchase.
436 Atlantic Avenue (between Nevins and Bond in Boerum Hill)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
22 Quincy Street (between Classon and Downing in Bed Stuy)
Donations help support the Salvation Army’s community-outreach programs and services. Donations can be made at their thrift stores. If you are making a donation of furniture, household items or a substantial amount of clothing, you can call 718.622.4705 to schedule a pick-up. Appointments are usually scheduled within 7-14 days.
St. John’s Place Family Center<
1630 St. John’s Place (between Ralph and Buffalo)
Brooklyn, NY 11233
Accepts children’s items including new stuffed animals and clean clothes in good condition. Also takes adult clothing, canned goods and books. No furniture. Brooklyn pick up process: Call to speak to the driver to arrange for a pick up between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. There is no charge for the pick-up.
Vietnam Veterans of America
The Vietnam Veterans of America serves the needs of veterans of the Vietnam War era. The list of acceptable donations is available on the website and includes children’s clothing and baby items, but not furniture. Call 1-800-459-VETS (8387) to schedule a free pickup.
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Still feel overwhelmed? If you’re sick of tripping over toys and don’t know where to dig in, you could likely benefit from some Urban Clarity (www.urbanclarity.net). Call in the professionals – we’ll help you declutter and handle the donations for you too.