Children are wonderful, magical creatures who require lots of clothing, toys, and gear to function in the world. But, the cruel truth is, as quickly as they need it, they outgrow it. So what’s the best way to pass on gently used kid stuff that you no longer need? Thankfully, there are tons of deserving organizations that will gladly take these items off your hands. These amazing places are working tirelessly for kids in need each and every day, and they could really use your help from clothes to car seats and everything in between.
photo: Baby2Baby via Facebook
Now serving over 180,000 children in the LA area alone, as well as 20 other cities across the country, Baby2Baby helps provide low-income kids (aged 0-12) with the basic necessities every child deserves. They happily accept baby and kids gear donations including everything from new diapers to new and gently used items like high chairs, backpacks, toys, and infant carriers just to name a few. The organization carefully inspects all donations to make sure they’re in tip-top shape and meet the organization’s Golden Standard. They only distribute those items you’d give or use with your own children. For a complete list of donations they’ll accept, as well a number of convenient drop-off locations around the LA area, please visit their site.
Good to Know: You don’t even have to leave your car to donate your things. Call ahead to the Wilshire location and someone can meet you curbside.
photo: Harvest Home via Facebook
This organization dedicates its services to transforming the lives of homeless pregnant women and their children by providing housing, support, and programs that help women become great moms. The organization welcomes items for mothers and babies that are new and gently used, including things like bouncers, baby books, toys, bottles, infant tubs, and strollers. For a complete list of items they’ll accept, be sure to check out their site.
Good to Know: If you wish to drop off items, donations are accepted on Fri. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. by scheduling a time online or by calling ahead.
*Please note this organization’s address is not published for privacy and safety reasons, please call the office if you need Harvest Home’s physical address.
photo: Children’s Institute, Inc. via Facebook
Children’s Institute, Inc.
Serving over 22,000 children and their families in LA’s most challenged neighborhoods, this organization provides healing and services to traumatized kids to help them recover and lead healthy lives. The organization gladly accepts a variety of baby and kids gear donations such as bassinets, cribs, pack ‘n plays and high chairs – all of which are fully tax deductible. A complete list of items is available online. Donations may be dropped off with the receptionist at Children’s Institute, Inc.’s headquarters at the Otis Booth Campus.
Good to Know: They have set drop-off hours: Mon.- Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sat. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
2121 W. Temple St.
photo: DPSS Department of Social Services Toy Loan via Facebook
DPSS Department of Social Services Toy Loan
The Toy Loan program is a free service which allows underprivileged LA kiddos to borrow toys from a Toy Loan Center in the same way they borrow books from the public library. Children borrow toys once a week and receive honor merits toward owning their own brand new toy by returning the borrowed toys on time and in good condition. The program accepts new or gently used children’s toys, games, books, video games, dolls and they’re in desperate need of toys for kids with special needs and disabilities.
Good to Know: DPSS Toy Loan is happy to pick up donated items from you directly by calling to schedule a time.
photo: Good+ Foundation via Facebook
Partnering with a national network of leading programs, Good + Foundation aims to break the cycle of family poverty through the power of donated goods and transformational services. The foundation is always looking for new and gently used gear and clothing for infants and children (aged newborn—14 years old) as well as maternity clothing. Donated items must have been purchased less than three years ago, be in good working order and may include things like back and front carriers, baby monitors, bouncy seats, books, diaper bags, strollers, playpens and more. For the complete list, check out their site. Donations are accepted at the Good+ Foundation Los Angeles Warehouse or various designated drop-off locations around town.
Good to Know: Donations can also be picked up from your home via courier for a small fee.
4005 W. Jefferson Blvd.
photo: San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission via Facebook
San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission
Since 1972, the Rescue Mission Alliance has ministered to the needs of the less fortunate in Southern California 365 days a year through emergency and long-term rehabilitation services. The organization accepts new and gently used clothing, toys, books and other household items that you’re willing to give. Donation pick-ups may be scheduled online or by calling the number below.
photo: Goodwill Southern California via Facebook
Looking for additional ways to donate baby and kids’ clothing and gear? Please contact each organization directly regarding specific items they will accept.
Goodwill Southern California
NCJW-LA (National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles)
The Salvation Army – California South Division
Upward Bound House
Topanga Women’s Circle
MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity)
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