Where to Donate Old Toys & Children’s Items

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Spring is almost here, which means it’s the perfect time to do some heavy spring cleaning! Before you throw out all of your kids’ old toys and clothes, remember that what’s old to you and your family, could be new and exciting for local families in need. After you’ve sifted through your families lightly worn items, head to one of these Portland non-profit spots with your mostly new and lightly used clothes, toys and household goods. Read on to find out more.

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.

Note: Donations done by appointment only. They ask that you call to find out if they can accept your donations in advance.

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. Make an appointment to drop off your in-kind donations during regular business hours by emailing donations@ccoregon.org.

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

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.

Donation Drop-Off Hours: Mon.  & Fri.:11a.m.-1 p.m.  
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 time arranged over an advanced phone call.

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 of ways you can give.

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

 

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. Donations taken by appointment only. Call to setup your time.

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

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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