Tis the season for holiday gifts––which means it’s time to clean out those toy boxes to make room for new items. We know where you can donate your kids’ gently used toys so they can learn to gracefully give away what they’ve outgrown to recipients who can benefit from their generosity. Scroll down to find 13 San Diego nonprofits that will give your kiddo’s toys a second life.
We all know about the popular donation sites: Goodwill, Amvets and Salvation Army, but there are several smaller local organizations with a huge need for toys and goods to help out San Diego children in need. Below are eight that could use your support:
Father Joe’s Village
Father Joe’s Village provides meals and care to thousands of homeless people each day. They accept donations of used toys (along with many other used household goods) for their retail locations. By donating items to their thrift stores, people can support programs that help families overcome homelessness. You can find more details on their website about the logistics of dropping off used goods or scheduling a pick-up.
Birthline of San Diego
With a mission to provide life-affirming support and resources to pregnant women and families with young children, this nonprofit relies on donations. What’s more, they give out hundreds of baby gift bags every year. They are looking for donations for children 0 to 5 years. From gently used toys and shoes to formula and diapers, all these things will go to help. So, if your fam has outgrown the use of these things, it’s time to declutter and give
Birthline of San Diego
3660 Clairemont Dr., Ste 4
San Diego, CA 92117
Chula Vista Office
1220 Third Ave., #1
Chula Vista, CA 91911
Christie’s Place is a nonprofit support center for women, children and families living with HIV/AIDS whose motto is “Love Grows Here.” They are the only organization in San Diego dedicated to serving women, children and families impacted by HIV/AIDS. The mission of Christie’s Place is to empower individuals whose lives have been impacted by HIV/AIDS to take charge of their own health and wellness, and by doing so, improve their quality of life as well as the quality of life of those family members surrounding them. 86%, of their clients are at or below the federal poverty line, so used toys before Christmas will provide great excitement and joy! Once a month, Christie’s Place sets up a backyard boutique on site to provide their clients a shopping experience with the donations they have received throughout a given month. This will be the perfect opportunity for families to find their perfect toy that was donated by a generous family.
Note: They will be accepting gently used items each month starting in January, 2020.
2440 Third Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
Community Resource Center
Help locally! Drop off your ‘gently used’ clothing, shoes, toys and other household items to assist families in need. Further, the items you drop off help us turn housing into homes and the sales proceeds help to provide shelter, food, education, counseling, and back-to-work programs for many families in our community. There are three San Diego locations, just visit during store hours to donate.
Three locations: Encinitas, Carlsbad and San Marcos
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 are sold at one of their thrift stores. To donate, schedule a pick-up with their or drop the items off at one of four locations.
Four locations: Point Loma, Mission, North Park and National City
Friends of the UC San Diego International Center
This organization fosters international education and 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.
Note: Donations are welcome at the shop from Tues.-Fri. from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., during the academic year.
9500 Gilman Dr. (International Center)
La Jolla, CA 92037
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1111 W. El Camino Real
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
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 92123
The Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church Thrift Cottage is a bargain-hunter's paradise taking in “gently used" apparel for women, men and children, household items, books, and toys. You can donate anytime the cottage is open (see hours below). Sales of these gently and new items support local charities, scholarship for high school seniors and youth camps, military families and disabled veterans, and children.
Hours: Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
1211 Tenth St.
Coronado, CA 92118
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 kids and families in emergency situations. They are happy to take “gently” used toys, providing they have all the pieces, as well as “gently” used clothes and shoes. All donations are handed out by them personally to local children in need.
Note: Currently, they are not accepting items, however, check back in the new year for when they'll resume accepting donations.
1345 Encinitas Blvd., #736
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––Ginger Anderson, Beth Shea and Nikki Walsh