Bless this mess—until you’ve run out of space that is. Here’s a list of places where you can donate your used toys and clothes in San Diego
No matter what time of year it is, it’s always a good time to clean out those toy boxes and donate toys that the kids are no longer playing with. The best part about donating your kids’ gently used play items? They can learn to gracefully give away the things they’ve outgrown and give them to recipients who can benefit from their generosity.
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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 donation spots 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
Chula Vista Office
1220 Third Ave., #1
Christie’s Place: 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. 86% of their clients are at or below the federal poverty line, so used toys before Christmas will provide great excitement and joy. This will be the perfect opportunity for families to find their perfect toy that was donated by a generous family.
2440 Third Ave.
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.
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 them or drop the items off at one of four locations.
Point Loma, Mission, North Park, and National City
Brick Recycler: Got LEGOS®? If you have bricks that need a new home, you can send them to Brick Recycler gives LEGO bricks to schools, libraries, orphanages, enthusiasts, and more. Their job is to match up boys and girls with charitable organizations, to let them have countless hours of play. There are limitless DIY science, architecture, and art projects that can be created using pounds of mixed pieces. So click through to find out how to ship your extra bricks today.
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.
Thrift Cottage: 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. Sales of these gently and new items support local charities, scholarships for high school seniors and youth camps, military families and disabled veterans, and children.
1211 Tenth St.
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.
1345 Encinitas Blvd., #736