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Place to Donate Infant/Toddler Clothes and Toys
I am looking for suggestions of an organization that is
currently accepting donations of (gently) used
infant/toddler clothes, toys, and other gear (bottles,
sippies, slings, etc.). We are ready to pass along our baby
gear and I am having a hard time finding a place that will
take it - and the archives are out of date. Preference is
somewhere in Oakland, but I can travel to
Berkeley/Richmond/Emyerville on the weekends. BANANAS has
been my go-to place in the past, but they were not very
helpful this time around, so I'm looking for other
White elephant sale will take it all. But you need to get
there quickly - off Fuitvale, in Oakland but close to
Alameda. Supporting a wonderful cause - Oakland Museum of
CA. love the white elephant sale!
Donate to Bambino Thrift shop on College Avenue in Oakland
(near Broadway). Their profits benefit the Oakland
Children's Hospital and they are not overly selective about
the items (just no stained or ripped clothing). Jen
The Golden Gate Branch Library in Oakland will be hosting a
kids clothing, equipment and toy swap in April. You are
welcome to donate your items now and we will hold them till
the day of the event. Everyone is welcome to come (even if
they have nothing to donate). So your items will really
benefit parents in need. joy
Donating items locally - suggestions?
In the midst of Spring cleaning and organization, I'm
finding myself with a surplus of diapers, toys, unused
calling cards, jars of baby food, etc.
I'd really like to donate them to a local organization -
perhaps a women's shelter, or a home for single/struggling
mothers. I know there have been great suggestions here in
the past, but I'm having a hard time tracking them down.
Any recommendations for local organizations who could use
these items would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
For baby gear and diapers - try Brighter Beginnings
As a social worker in Richmond I recommend the Bay Area
Rescue Mission in the 'flatlands' of Richmond. They support
both a men's shelter, and a women's & children's shelter
which are ALWAYS in need. Unlike many of the neighboring
areas, in Richmond there are very few options for the most
disenfranchised of our community, and BARM time, and again
makes room, when there isn't really any. They often have
women with babies, and young children and not only provide
food, shelter, and clothing but also direct their residents
to case management to help them with education, job
training, transitional housing, and sobriety programs, as
needed. I take my children to donate our clothing, toys,
sundries, and extra art supplies there, and the staff, and
residents are always very warm, and gracious. Here is the
website: http://www.bayarearescue.org/ and the phone number
is 510-215-4555 Beryle
Any good recs for where to donate used baby clothes beyond
Drop off locations include Cool Tops Cuts for Kids in Rockridge.
You can also trade them for boxes of larger clothing on this
I have had 2 preemies, a boy and a girl, and have quite a few
preemie clothes in great condition. I would really like to find a
place/person that NEEDS preemie clothes. The hospitals will not
take them, I tried. Any ideas? Thanks!
Twins By The Bay has a loaner program for preemie clothing. Most twins
are born early and small, so your donation would be much appreciated.
Twin by the Bay has a preemie leaning program. www.twinsbythebay.org
I have about four boxes full of baby and toddler clothes I would
like to donate. The problem is, I want them to go to folks that
really need them - not an organization that will sell them, or a
person looking for a good deal (i.e. garage sale). I'm thinking
shelter or some place that gets them to folks that need them. Can
anyone request such a place?
making it matter
I take my children's clothes and toys, in good condition, to Bananas
on Claremont in Oakland (www.bananasinc.org). Items are given
directly to low income families. I take my adult clothes to the Bay
Area Rescue Mission in Richmond. I believe most of those items are
also given directly to families in need, those at the homeless
shelter and in the neighborhood.
Loved Twice will take 0 to 12 month baby clothes to give to low
income and homeless women giving birth in local hospitals:
Loved Twice is based in Oakland and a lovely organization. Check
out their website for the easy drop off locations for anything you
have for the 12 month and under crowd. Your loot will be donated to
new moms in need who come to the attention of social workers in the
hospital or other community organizations. Such a simple idea . . .
I have lots of different stages of Huggies diapers.
someone recommend a shelter where I can donate them. Thanks for any
I volunteer at the Visitation Center in Oakland which is a
daytime drop-in center for homeless and low-income women and
their children. They provides a variety of services including
free distribution of clothing, diapers and formula. If you
decide to donate the diapers, please contact:
2260 San Pablo Avenue
Oakland, California 94612
Phone: (510) 444-3790
Fax: (510) 444-0539
Hours of Operation: Tues-Sat 9:30am - 3:00 pm
I was fortunate to receive far more baby items than we needed before my
daughter was born, and many of the clothes and other supplies weren't
used. Now she's 2 months old and I have a large bag of new/worn only
once newborn clothes and related items (new pacifiers, new bottles,
unopened disposable diapers) that I'd love to donate to a new mom in
need. Any suggestions?
I belong to a local branch of a group called Single Mothers by Choice,
and we have many members (myself included) who would be happy to
receive donated baby items. I'd be happy to post info to our group
listserv, and/or bring items to our monthly meetings.
There's a parent support organization called BANANAS,
located on Claremont Ave. near Telegraph in Oakland that accepts just
about any kid-related item, plus maternity clothing. What I like is
that people can come to BANANAS and just pick out what they need for
I have a ton of clothes from my son starting at 3 months to 18 months old.
Since this is the Holiday Season, I would like to donate to a charity or
organization that gives to needy families, preferably to single moms. Any
Brighter Beginnings (formerly the Perinatal Council) does just that. They have
programs for single parents, teen parents, and dads, as well as services for needy
families in general. Check them out at www.brighter-beginnings.org (notice the hyphen
in the URL - it's essential!)
I've contacted Lisa K. who created a program which donates gently used clothes to
new moms, she works with birth centers and hospitals. I'm actually donating my son's
baby clothes and clothes that are being donated at my office holiday party to this
group. You can contact her at clothesforbabies[at]yahoo.com.
Where can I donate disposable diapers and clothes? I would like
to give it to low income families.
want to help
This goes for toys too but I'm sure they could use baby clothes
and diapers. Found this on a great site called ''Parent Hacks''
(http://www.parenthacks.com/) - a member of the Army Corps of
Engineers collects (and buys) toys and clothes for kids in Iraq -
you can ship them over. Read more here:
but it's something great to consider. The address is:
USACE - GRS
APO AE 09331 boxing-it-up-too
I highly recommend the Perinatal Council, in Richmond.
The Berkeley Women's Shelter at 2140 Dwight Way will accept donations of
diapers and baby clothes because they sometimes have women with babies in the
shelter or in their transitional housing. They also help women and families
find permanent housing and will give them supplies when they first move in.
Most of the staff will accept donations and give you a receipt if you want
one. If for some reason, the staff member will not accept a donation, just
drop the items off at my church and I will get them over to the shelter. The
church is St. Alban's Episcopal Church at 1501 Washington, at the corner of
Curtis, one block from Solano Ave. Just put my name on the bags and I'll take
any suggestions for what to do with unused baby blankets that are
monogrammed with a child's name and birth date? i'd like to donate them, but
i'm not sure what would be appropriate.
how about an animal shelter?
Project Night Night would love to have your new and like-new baby blankets, children's books, and stuffed animals! Items can be dropped off in San Francisco at:
SF, CA 94115
Project Night Night is a San Francisco-based 501(c)(3) that helps homeless children have sweeter dreams. To learn more, please visit www.ProjectNightNight.org
There was just a posting for something like ''Operation Nite Nite''
to give comforting blankets to homeless kids in shelters.
You could also call Highland Hospital and ask for the Social Work
Dept. I'm sure there are low-income mom's who'd love 'em.
I saw on craigslist a link to Katrina donations. there must be lots of other ways to donate to Katrina relief. I'm sure folks could use all donations - even monogrammed stuff.
Hi, I have a 4 month old son who has tons of never used/gently used great clothes
to be donated. I know I could go to Salvation Army, but would love to find a
women's shelter or unwed mother's shelter to donate them. Any ideas?
The Homeless Prenatal Program in San Francisco's Mission District
welcomes clothing donations for mothers, babies and kids.
Contact Carol Brennan to arrange drop off at
2500 18th St. at Potrero
San Francisco, CA 94110
Not exactly a shelter, but the Perinatal Council in Richmond
serves low-income families with babies, including pregnant and
new-mom teens. You could also check with the Women's Daytime
Drop-In Center in Berkeley, but they don't always accept clothes.
I would recommend the Women's Shelter at 2140 Dwight Way, just above Shattuck. They're open every
evening after 4 pm and during the daytime, they're open MTuTh 10-4, Wed. 12-4, and all day Sunday. If
you live in Berkeley or Alameda, I could come by and pick up the donation since I visit the shelter 3
times a week. If you go yourself, just ask for a staff member to give the donation to. Nancy
Where can I donate used strollers, high chairs, etc??
Try calling the Perinatal Council. They service low-income
pregnant women and families, including teen moms. Phone -
510.236.6990. Website www.theperinatalcouncil.org
I have looked on the website and don't see any recent postings
or any specifically for donating infant clothes, toys, or food
(teething biscuits, jar baby food)....also, maternity clothes.
I know I could take them to Goodwill or Rescue Mission, but I
was hoping to find an organization that serves pregnant women
and infants in need specifically. Most of my items are a bit
shop worn(i.e.used kids stores probably wouldn't buy them from
me), but certainly still usable, and I would love to feel good
about giving them to someone that would enjoy them.
I live in El Cerrito, but would be willing to go as far as
Oakland to drop them off if there is some place that would
trying to do a good deed
My favorite organization for donations of children's and
household items is ''Building Futures for Women and Children.''
They serve women and children who are victims of domestic
violence and are providing transition housing at the old Alameda
naval station. They'll even pick-up the donations at your
convenience. See more about the organization at
Any WIC office will take them. They have a location in their
office where clients can pick through things when they come in
for the appt.
A good place to donate used baby things is to Birthright. They
help women who may be poor, experiencing an untimely pregnancy,
and single mothers. I rememeber one being in El Sobrante. Try
calling Planned Parenthood, too.
Another option is to try calling the Battered Women's Shelter in
Oakland, Berkeley, or Concord. They were always very
appreciative of my donations, which were work clothes and
dresses, but I am sure they have women there who left their
situations with just their children and nothing else.
One more place to call is Richmond Rescue Mission. Sometimes
they dispatch drivers to come and get your stuff (which could
take weeks), but I have found that is is easier to just drop
things off at the center itself below Kaiser on 2nd Street.
Hope this info helps. I have had to unload 4 generations of
goods and 5 different household merges of things in the past 10
years. Wish I could known about this site's marketplace sooner!
Call the Perinatal Council. They serve families in Alameda and
Contra Costa county. Their programs include services for teen
moms, as well as low-income families, so they can probably put
your items to good use. The number is 510-437-8945, and their
website is www.theperinatalcouncil.org.
BANANAS (658-7353, or www.bananasinc.org) accepts donations of
You could also call the Women's Daytime Drop-in Center in
Berkeley (548-2884 or www.womensdropin.org)to see if they could
use any items. They serve homeless women and children.
The Homeless Prenatal Program is a very worthy cause that could
probably your things. I read an article about it in the SF
Chronicle a few months ago. Here is the link:
Don't know if they pick up, but I'm sure it's worth a phone call
you could try craigslist. i often see posts from pregnant
women who are on their own or very low on money asking for hand
me downs. im sure if you posted what stuff you wanted to get
rid of, someone will want to come pick it up! good luck!!
Bananas in Oakland will take (happily!) toys, clothes, diapers,
etc. It's a great organization serving kids, parents,
preschools, daycares and caregivers. They are on Claremont near
When I drop a load off there I know the stuff will get to
people who need it.
Bay Area Crises Nursery in Walnut Creek is frequently looking for
infant and small children's things. They have a wish list here:
and if you call they are often very happy to take other items.
This is a wonderful group that gives respite and crisis care to
families in need.
Bananas will also often take baby/child items.
Elizabeth House in Oakland behind St. Augustine Church will
also take infant things. . They have a hotline with instructions to call at
658-1380 ext 3
They provide transitional housing to families.
I believe Bananas in Oakland takes all sorts of used infant
stuff and gives to needy families.
BANANAS on Claremont a little east of Telegraph takes all kinds
of donations of kids stuff.
I highly recommend donating to Bambino's Thrift Shop on College
near Broadway in Oakland. All proceeds go to Children's
Hospital. They have a welcoming and appreciative staff and
display the clothes (and price them) in a great way.
- donating and bargain shoppin' Mama
i'm pretty sure bananas gives clothing and toys away. another
idea is to contact twins by the bay
(www.twinsbythebay.homestead.com - i think) - they give clothes
etc. to twin moms in need.
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