This season is ripe with opportunities to donate to those less fortunate; we all know that sharing is caring. So many children in our city are are in need. As Little Essentials has shared, “1 out of 3 NYC children lives in poverty. 23,000 NYC children will sleep in a homeless shelter tonight. 2 out of every 5 New York City households, many of which include at least one person who works, still do not earn enough money to cover basic needs. Diapers or food? A choice NO parent should have to make! For the millions of low-income parent working to put food on the table and keep their kids warm at night, diapers – which are essential to infant health – become a luxury they cannot afford. Little Essentials is working with these Brooklyn (and Manhattan) businesses to procure toys for children:

Park Slope Parents Toy Drive

Is accepting new, unwrapped toys now through December 18th at these locations:
Goldy & Mac 396 7th Avenue b/w 12th & 13th Street
Gymboree 365 4th Avenue b/w 5th & 6th Street
Investors Bank 314 7th Avenue @ 8th Street
South Slope Pediatrics 501 5th Avenue b/w 11th & 12th
NY Kids Club 125 5th Avenue b/w Sterling & St. Johns Place
NuNu Chocolates 179 5th Avenue b/w Berkeley & Lincoln

Windsor Shoes Too 227 Prospect Park West b/w Windsor & 15th

Shipwrecked Miniature Golf  621 Court Street b/w Bay & Bryant


The Owl and Pussycat Salon 

Is accepting new and gently used toys. The Owl and Pussycat Salon in Clinton Hill at 154 Vanderbilt Avenue is taking up a collection of new unwrapped or gently used toys to benefit the children Little Essentials serves. All toys must be in working condition, all parts included, no stuffed animals or large toys (e.g. ride on toys or large items like kitchenettes), fresh batteries appreciated. Now through December 19th.



Clinton Hill’s Corkscrew Wines is Having a Toy Drive

Help a child in need feel holiday joy and magic by participating in this great toy drive! Corkscrew Wines  at 489 Myrtle Ave. is accepting gently used and new, unwrapped toys for the holidays to help benefit kids who are served by Little Essentials, a phenomenal organization which services children and families all over New York. All of the toys donated to Corkscrew must be in good condition, clean, have all parts included. They are not accepting stuffed animals or large toys (like kitchenettes and riding toys). Fresh batteries will be greatly appreciated.

Corkscrew Wines: 718.230.9463


Come to the Fig Tree Hanukkah Toy Drive at the Coop School

Another opportunity to donate toys is at the Fig Tree Hanukkah Toy Drive. “Please join us at the Be the Light Hanukkah party and toy drive hosted by Fig Tree to benefit Little Essentials.” Their party will be at the Coop School (87 Irving Place in Clinton Hill) on Sunday December 18th. HERE is more info! Again, toys must be gently used.

Fig Tree: 917.523.4685



Monkey Do! in Park Slope’s Yoga Toy Drive

Monkey Do!‘is taking part in the toy drive too, from November 18th to December 18th. 279 3rd Avenue (between President and Carroll) in Brooklyn. Toys will gladly be accepted during business hours.

Monkey Do!: 347.987.3797


Drybar Clothing, Diaper & Toy and Other Essentials Drive

There’s also a great Drybar and Baby2Baby National Network drive! Check out the Tribeca Drybar and drop off donations of basic essentials to support the children that Little Essentials serves. The drive will be from November 10th through January 6th at Drybar’s Tribeca location at 180 West Broadway in Manhattan.
Drybar in Tribeca: 212.561.5292