Grab some boxes, plastic bins and shopping bags. You know that Santa (or perhaps Grandma) will soon be bringing packages wrapped with ribbons and bows, so it’s wise to do some spring cleaning a few months early. Round up the outgrown toys and clothes and have a chat with the young’ins about passing things on to those in need, because we’ve found some of the organizations around Portland who will find good homes for those snowpants and soccer balls. Read on to find out who will gladly accept your generous offerings this season.
This nonprofit organization supplies clothing and other basic necessities to children in foster care free of charge. Bundles of clothing, birthday bags and Christmas stockings are just a few of the things their volunteers assemble for foster families in the area.
What they accept: Clothing, shoes, bedding, baby gear, toys, books, toiletries and personal items are all needed. Check their website for a complete list with guidelines as well as items not accepted.
When and where to donate: Three locations in Tigard and Lake Oswego serve as drop-off spots. Check the website for days and times.
8178 SW Durham Rd.
Central City Concern
Central City is a nonprofit organization that supports those who have been impacted by homelessness, mental illness, poverty and addictions. Their services include affordable housing, addiction recovery support, healthcare and employment services. Because they serve families, children’s items are included in a long list of donation items they accept.
What they accept: Baby and toddler clothing, diapers, baby wipes, blankets, pacifiers, car seats (new), strollers, maternity clothes, bicycles, books, toys, holiday gifts and giftcards for children. Check their website for a complete list.
When and where to donate: If you have items to donate, please contact Catharine Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-200-3903.
232 NW 6th Ave.
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Northwest Children’s Outreach
NCO is a faith-based nonprofit whose positive reputation is strong throughout the metro area due to their active role in the community since 2001. Their collection and distribution centers work to provide a quick turnaround for items donated so they can make it into homes of those in need as soon as possible.
What they accept: Clothing for newborns to teens, hygiene products, breastfeeding supplies (including pumps), nursery items, children’s safety products, toys and books are always accepted. Check their website for a complete list.
When and where to donate: Locations in Oregon and SW Washington have varied hours of operation, so check their website to find the one closest to you.
Children’s Book Bank
If your house is swimming in extra books, the Children’s Book Bank is the perfect stop for your next drop-off. Volunteers rehabilitate used books and bundle them to be given to children who have limited access to children’s literature at home. The books are distributed to children through programs such as Head Start and public schools.
What they accept: Board books, picture books, alphabet books, books about numbers, colors, animals, shapes and words, story books, rhyming books, Dr. Seuss books, multicultural books and books in Spanish are greatly needed. Chapter books for elementary school students are also appreciated.
When and where to donate: Books can be dropped off at the CBB workspace in NE during office hours. Check out the website for hours of operation and details about dropping off donations.
1728 NE Glisan St.
photo: Insight Teen Parent Services
Insights Teen Parent Services
This organization is devoted exclusively to supporting teen parents and their children through parent education, child developmental screenings, housing assistance, family planning support and child welfare advocacy services, among other things. Their services are free and voluntary and include a resource closet that parents can visit by appointment to find what they need.
What they accept: Maternity clothes, large infant gear, clothing in sizes newborn-5T, toys for ages 0-5, board books and winter coats are a few of their current needs. Donations are limited to a specific list so check their website to see what is needed.
When and where to donate: To make a donation, contact Office Manager Jessie Chan at email@example.com or 503-239-6996.
3308 NE Peerless Pl.
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— Marianne Walters