Spring cleaning is on the horizon and most moms do a little “happy dance” over the freedom that comes along with a massive toy purge! Get those boxes packed up and delivered to one of these San Diego toy donation spots. Then give yourself a pat on the back and enjoy a glass of wine along with that nice clean house (for the two seconds that it lasts!).

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You may be familiar with the big donation spots (Goodwill, Amvets and Salvation Army) but there are many more smaller organizations with a huge need for toys and goods to help out local San Diego children in need. Here are six that could use your support.

Passion 4 K.I.D.S. (Kids In Desperate Situations)
Passion 4 K.I.D.S. is a non-profit dedicated to helping underprivileged, handicapped and abused kids in the United States. Located in Encinitas, they are always looking for toys, books, clothes, groceries and more to help these kids and families in emergency situations. To donate, give them a call or send them an email.

1345 Encinitas Blvd., #736
Encinitas, CA
Online: passionforkids.org

Father Joe’s Village
Father Joe’s Village is San Diego’s largest homeless providers, providing meals and care to thousands each day. To donate household items, fill out this form to schedule a pick-up.

3350 E Street
San Diego, CA
Online: my.neighbor.org

A.B. and Jessie Polinsky Children’s Center
The Polinsky Center is a non-profit operated by the County of San Diego and offers shelter to children whose parents are unable to care for them. Toys, clothing, games, DVDs and more are always welcome. Check out the Polinksy Wish List for more information and give them a call if you’re interested in donating.

9400 Ruffin Ct.
San Diego, CA
Online: sandiegocounty.gov

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Women’s Resource Center Thrift Store
The WRC provides support, counseling, shelter and more to women, men and kids in the North County area of San Diego who have been involved in domestic violence. Their thrift store raises money for center operations, but also gives clients a place to shop with designated “vouchers” as they try to rebuild their life. Donations are accepted Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

3385 Mission Ave
Oceanside, CA
760-757-3500 x 149
Online: wrcsd.org/thrift-store

San Diego Rescue Mission
Helping San Diego’s homeless and poor has been the goal of San Diego Rescue Mission for over 50 years. Donations go directly to those in need or sold at one of their thrift stores. To donate, schedule a pickup with their online donation form or drop the items off at one of four locations.

Four locations: Point Loma, Mission, North Park and National City
Online: sdrescue.org

Friends of the UC San Diego International Center
This organization fosters international education, builds friendships, understanding and cooperation within the international community. They operate a resale shop on the campus of UC San Diego and are always looking for gently used items. Proceeds fund scholarships for international education. To donate, contact them.

9500 Gilman Dr. (International Center)
La Jolla, CA
Online: icenter.ucsd.edu

Where is your go-to toy donation spot in town?

— Ginger Anderson