If the onslaught of toys this holiday season has made you feel like the LEGO walls are crumbling down around you, now is the perfect time to clear out all the old toys. We’ve rounded up a list of organizations that take donations of like-new or gently used toys, books and games. Put the kids to work sorting out what they don’t use and don’t need and bring them along when you donate so they can feel the joy that comes with generosity!

kid_opening_giftphoto: MissMessie via Flickr

San Francisco

Project Night Night
Project Night Night provides Night Night Packages containing a blanket, a book and a stuffed animal to homeless children 12 and under, promoting literacy and a sense of security at a time of stress and upheaval. Their Adopt A Night Night Package program provides the opportunity to help out by assembling Night Night Packages. The program provides Night Night tote bags at a cost of $3.50 each, which includes the cost of delivering the tote bags to volunteer’s homes. Volunteers are asked to fill each tote bag with a new blanket, a new or like-new stuffed animal and a new or like-new children’s book. Assembled tote bags can be dropped off at Hotel del Sol (3100 Webster Street in San Francisco), every day from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., or the Peekadoodle Kids Club (900 North Point Street, Suite F100 in San Francisco), during business hours.

148 Beulah Street
San Francisco, CA
415-310 0360
Online: projectnightnight.org

Scrap
Old objects find new lives at SCRAP, the Bay Area’s first re-use center for creative education. Donations of art supplies, craft supplies, toys, textiles and office supplies are sorted, stored and made available to the community for educational programs and creative projects in the classroom and at home. SCRAP accepts donations of clean, reusable materials Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check online for a full list of accepted materials and call ahead to ensure that they have enough storage space to accept your donation.

801 Toland St.
San Francisco, CA
415-647-1746
Onlinescrap-sf.org

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Salvation Army
The Salvation Army Family Store and Donation Trailer in San Francisco accepts donations such as books and children’s clothing. Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Fri., 10 a.m.to 8 p.m. Donated items are sold in the Family Store and the proceeds are used to fund the Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers. You can also make a donation online to assist families and individuals affected by the wildfires in Southern California.

3921 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA
Online: salvationarmyusa.org

Goodwill
Goodwill in San Francisco accepts donations of household items, women’s clothing, men’s clothing and children’s items including books, baby gear (must meet current safety standards), sports equipment, games and toys. Drop off hours are Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sun. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Donated items are sold in Goodwill stores and the proceeds are used to fund programs that help disadvantaged individuals learn competitive job skills and find employment.

1669 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA

415-354-8570
Online: goodwill.org

Homeless Prenatal Program
For 25 years the Homeless Prenatal Program in San Francisco has been serving as an empowering resource center for families. The center accepts gently used baby items (diaper bags, strollers, baby carriers) as well as toys for babies and children. Clothing for babies and children of all ages as well as maternity clothes are welcome, too. Call for drop-off hours. You can also make a cash donation online.

2500 18th St.
San Francisco, CA
415-546-6756
Online: homelessprenatal.org

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East Bay

BANANAS
BANANAS provides affordable child care, workshops, classes and support groups for families in Northern Alameda County. Their BANANAS Boutique provides low-income parents with free books, toys and equipment for their children. Your donations of clean and gently used toys, books, puzzles, games, children’s clothing and maternity wear keep the boutique stocked up. Items can be dropped off on Mon. to Thurs. between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Fri. between 10 a.m. to noon. Due to limited space, the BANANAS Boutique occasionally reaches storage capacity, so call 510-658-7353 before heading over.

5232 Claremont Ave
Oakland, CA
510-658-7353
Online: bananasbunch.org

Davis Street
This organization assists families in need, addresses issues facing low-income families and the homeless. In addition gently used toys and clothing, the organization also accepts household items, backpacks and school supplies as well as new toys for its holiday program. Food for holiday baskets is also welcome. The center is open Mon.-Thur. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fri. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

3081 Teagarden Street
San Leandro, CA
510-347-4620
Online: Davisstreet.org

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army Family Store and Donation Trailer in Alameda accepts donations such as books and children’s clothing, Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Donated items are sold in the Family Store and the proceeds are used to fund the Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers.

1918 Park St
Alameda, CA
510-769-7401
Online: salvationarmyusa.org

Goodwill
Goodwill in Oakland accepts donations of household items, women’s clothing, men’s clothing and children’s items including books, baby gear (must meet current safety standards), sports equipment, games and toys. Drop-off hours are Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Donated items are sold in Goodwill stores and the proceeds are used to fund programs that help disadvantaged individuals learn competitive job skills and find employment.

2925 E. 14th St
Oakland, CA
510-534-3037
Online: goodwill.org

toysPhotos: Christmas House via Flickr

 

Peninsula

Goodwill
Goodwill in Palo Alto accepts donations of household items, women’s clothing, men’s clothing and children’s items including books, baby gear (must meet current safety standards), sports equipment, games, and toys. Drop-off hours are Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sun., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Donated items are sold in Goodwill stores and the proceeds are used to fund programs that help disadvantaged individuals learn competitive job skills and find employment.

4085 El Camino Way
Palo Alto, CA
650-494-1416
Online: goodwill.org

PARCA
Parca helps people with development disabilities and their families at all stages of their lives, from children’s services to independent residential programs to respite care. Through a partnership with Saver’s Stores, Parca turns used clothing and household item donations into funds that suppor their programs. Requested items include toys, games, puzzles, stuffed animals, bicycles and sports equipment, as well as clothes and household items. Donors can schedule a donation pick up over the phone and online, or drop off donations at Saver’s Thrift Store in Redwood City or Milpitas, during store hours.

800 Airport Blvd., Suite 320
Burlingame, CA
650-312-0730
Online: parca.org

Edgewood
The Edgewood Center for Children and Families provides treatment and prevention programs to children, youth and families that have experienced traumatic stress. Their wish list includes art supplies, personal care items, sports equipment, household items, books, dolls, dollhouses, puppets, toy trucks and games in new or excellent condition. Drop-off hours are Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations are given directly to clients.

957 Industrial Road, Suite B
San Carlos, CA
650-832-6900
Online: edgewood.org

South Bay

Villa
Run by InnVision Shelter Network, Villa provides interim shelter and services for 55 women and children. Donations of new or gently used toys, games, sports equipment, arts and crafts materials and more (see their donation wish list for needed items) can be dropped off on Tues.-Thurs. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations are given directly to the families residing in the shelter.

184 South 11th Street
San Jose CA
408-271-0685
Online: ivsn.org

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army Family Store in San Jose accepts donations such as books, bikes, games, stuffed animals and children’s clothing, Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Donated items are sold in the Family Store and the proceeds are used to fund the Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers.

1522 Winchester Blvd.
San Jose, CA
408-374-2350
Online: salvationarmyusa.org

goodwill_toysphoto: Goodwill Industries

Marin

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army does more than just ring bells and accept change! Their Family Store and Donation Trailer in San Rafael accepts donations Mon.-Sun. 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Fri. 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Donated items are sold in the Family Store and the proceeds are used to fund the Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers.

350 Fourth St
San Rafael, CA
415-454-7201
Online: salvationarmyusa.org

Goodwill
Drop off your donations of household items, women’s clothing, men’s clothing and children’s items including books, baby gear (must meet current safety standards), sports equipment, games and toys at Goodwill’s Drop Off Center, located inside the Mill Valley Safeway on Camino Alto. Drop off hours are Mon.-Sun., 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donated items are sold in Goodwill stores and the proceeds are used to fund programs that help disadvantaged individuals learn competitive job skills and find employment.

1 Camino Alto
Mill Valley, CA
Online: goodwill.org

Other Options

Teddy Bear Brigade
If your local organization does not accept stuffed animals, ship them to The Teddy Bear Brigade. Stuffed animals are given to children around the world who could use a lovie to help them get through traumatic events such as war, abandonment, a natural disaster, or sickness.

7539 Stage Road
Concord, VA 24538
1-877-913-9212
Online: gftw.org

Do you have a favorite local charity that accepts used toy donations? Share their contact information in the comments section!

—Chantal Lamers and Ana Picazo