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The weather is turning cold, and more families are in need because of COVID. Now’s the perfect time to clean out the closets while your kids are distracted with online school. Chances are, you’ll find that you and your kids have tons of stuff you don’t need anymore. Whether  hardly used or gently loved, your kid’s things don’t have to go to waste. Donate them to those in need. The following is our local guide to giving. Read on to find where places to donate in Portland are and what they accept.

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Mother and Child Education Center
Providing resources for families in need, this nonprofit accepts a wide range of gently used items for babies. It’s almost more useful to list some of the things they don’t accept, such as toys, stuffed animals, high chairs, and adult clothing. They’ve got a fabulously detailed donations page to help you sort and package your goods in a way that streamlines volunteer and staff time, so that items reach recipients more efficiently. In the event that they can’t take an item you’re looking to donate, they’re even happy to offer suggestions for alternate places. Just call. No more excuses for dumping a bunch of random stuff at Goodwill.

Mother and Child Education Center
1515 NE 41st Ave.
Portland, Or
503-249-5801
Online: momchildpdx.org

Catholic Charities’ In Kind
Catholic Charities accepts new or gently-used baby clothes, maternity clothes, household appliances, and furniture. You can also donate your new or like-new bedding and towels. Please note, they only accept new hygiene items, baby toys, cribs, pack-n-plays, and car seats. Catholic Charities of Oregon can also pick up large donations of furniture or household items on a case-by-case basis. They ask that you call to make an appointment to drop off your items and make sure to check out their current list of needs.

Catholic Charities Traveling Crib
Pregnancy & Parenting Support Program
Clark Family Center
2740 SE Powell Blvd.
Portland, Or
503-238-5196
Online: catholiccharitiesoregon.org

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With Love,
Providing clothes and other necessities to children in foster care, this nonprofit seeks your donations in new or like-new condition. Donate baby swings, strollers, high chairs, bouncy seats, baby carriers, and Pack-n-Plays that are clean, have no broken parts and have not been recalled. Check their website for a complete list of guidelines and items not accepted. Two locations in Tigard and Lake Oswego serve as drop-off spots. Check the website for days and times.

With Love,
8178 SW Durham Rd.
Tigard, Or
Online: withloveoregon.org

Impact NW
With a long history of serving families in the Portland Metro area and beyond, this nonprofit provides a wide range of free services. Many of the people they serve have only enough income for food, rent, and the bare essentials, and so Impact NW accepts donations of other much-needed supplies. While they always accept donations of new items, they accept gently used items in clean and good condition on an at-will basis only, due to limited storage space. Please call ahead to ask about available space for the item you’d like to donate. Donations can be dropped off at E Burnside & 102nd St., Mon.–Thur. from 9a.m.- 7p.m.

Impact NW
10055 E. Burnside
Portland, Or
503-721-1740
Online: impactnw.org

Central City Concern
Central City Concern serves families impacted by homelessness, mental illness, poverty and addictions. They gladly accept donations of gently used children’s items, hygiene kits, diapers, baby wipes,car seats (new), strollers, bassinets . Check their website for a complete list.Please contact Teiana at 503-200-3893 or Teiana.brown@ccconcern.org with any questions about  your donation.

Central City Concern
232 NW 6th Ave.
Portland, Or
503-200-3903
Online: centralcityconcern.org

Northwest Children’s Outreach
This faith-based nonprofit operates several distribution centers in Oregon and SW Washington, working to provide caregivers with items families need. Volunteers sort clothing, pack orders, and pick up donations. They accept clothing for newborns to teens, hygiene products, breastfeeding supplies (including pumps), nursery items, children’s safety products, toys, and books. Check their website for a complete list and for hours of operation at each location.

NW Children’s Outreach
503-828-1472
Online: northwestchildrensoutreach.org

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Children’s Book Bank
Have your kids outgrown a portion of their at-home library? Bring your gently used books to this non-profit focused on providing children’s literature to children with limited access to books at home. Volunteers rehabilitate and bundle the books for distribution through Head Start and public schools, so please check for missing pages, mold, or other damage beyond repair before donating. Current needs include 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. Drop off at the CBB workspace in NE during office hours. Check the website for hours of operation and other details.

Children’s Book Bank
1728 NE Glisan St.
Portland, Or
503-616-3981
Online: childrensbookbank.org

Sunshine Pantry
This family-run food bank focuses on feeding the hungry and they also accept paper and hygiene products including diapers, women’s sanitary needs, makeup and more. Check their website for a list of current needs, and call to arrange a pick-up of donations.

Sunshine Pantry
10895 SW 5th St.
Beaverton, Or
971-506-7827
Online: sunshinepantry.org

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Insights Teen Parent Services
Dedicated to serving teen parents and their children through a wide range of free support services, this nonprofit also runs a resource closet that parents can visit by appointment to find what they need. Among other items, they’re currently accepting maternity clothes, clothing in sizes newborn-5T, toys for ages 0-5, board books, and winter coats. They also accept cribs made after December 2011, and used car seats that meet specific requirements, as listed on the website. Donations are limited to a specific list so check their website for an updated list.

Insights Teen Parent Services
3308 NE Peerless Pl.
Portland, Or
503-239-6996
Online: insightstpp.org

—Annette Benedetti

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