Does your house look like it was ransacked by elves? Is the playroom busting at the seams? Are the monsters under the bed looking for a new place to live because the toys have taken over? Then it is probably time for you and the tiny tykes to clean out the toys and find them a new and loving home. Find your closest toy donation place below and end the year on a giving note this season.
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St. Alban’s Church
Opportunity knocks and it shops. St. Alban’s Church located on Wisconsin Avenue is home to the Opportunity Shop, a place where tiny tots can send their toys and books. Drop off is right off the rear door of the rectory driveway with donation hours being easy on the preschool set (Tue.-Sat., 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.).
3001 Wisconsin Ave., NW
Got a violin, guitar or clarinet taking up space in your little one’s closet? Are you about to be plastered by paint from an overflowing art room? Christ House has the answer! They accept used instruments, CDs and art supplies for the Kairos program. Tame that craft closet or music room with your next donation.
1717 Columbia Rd., NW
Black Student Fund
If you plan on packing up office and school supplies to donate this season, then consider asking junior to donate some of his toys, too. The Black Student Fund accepts all three types of donations all year long, so crack down on cleaning and get ready to make someone else’s day.
Police & Fire Departments
When an accident happens first responders are there. When a kiddo needs comfort your kiddos gently-used stuffed friend can help. Donate stuffed toys of all kinds to your local police and fire department. The items are given to small ones after accidents and fires.
Contact your local police and fire department for information.
The Children’s National Medical Center
This popular hospital keeps its “Dr. Bear’s Toy Closet” stocked with toys and games for young visitors. Gather up all of your gently used kid-friendly gadgets and gizmos for donation—kids play with the loot while they (or their parents) are receiving medical services. Some of the hottest playthings include rattles, board books, bubbles and the card game UNO (of course, UNO!).
111 Michigan Ave., NW (Shaw-Howard U)
The National Center for Children and Families
Pack up all of those craft supplies, kids costumes and dress up clothes and bring them over to the National Center for Children and Families, an organization that works to provide love, structure and education with those in need. Share the gift of giving with your little one and maybe even invite them to pick out one item that they’d like to share with a friend in need.
1438 Rhode Island Ave., NE (Brookland)
Bikes for the World
Lets think about the tricycles and bikes that may be crowding your hallway or tiny garage. A great organization that can help you to get rid of some of those bikes is Bikes for the World. Bikes for the World is a nonprofit humanitarian organization and volunteer network that collects thousands of used bicycles, as well as bike parts and tools, and delivers them to community programs in developing countries. So get to pedaling over to the Bikes for the World Warehouse. You can donate at anytime to any participating bike shop or find out when the local warehouse (address below) is hosting a bike drive.
1420 S. Eads Ave. (Arlington, Va)
Does your tiny human have multiple DVDS, CDs, books and toys? Enter Interfaith Works, a nonprofit that’s working together to meet the needs of the poor and homeless in Montgomery County, Maryland. Round up the fam and get a head start on spring cleaning! Visit the webite to find out what other supplies the organization is in need of.
114 W Montgomery Ave. (Rockville, Md)
Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children from birth to 5 years old who come from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development. It also happens to be a great place to donate the toys—books, puzzles, games, and more—that your child has forgotten (or will soon forget in the coming months).
Know of any other awesome toy donation spots? Tell us about them in the Comments section below.
—Victoria Mason and Miller Jackson