It feels like my home is being taken over by toys, and my daughters aren’t playing with most of them. I’m not alone, right!? I’d love to clean out some of our toys and give them a new life somewhere that needs them more than we do.
Here are a few local organizations, serving children and families in our communities, that accept donations of toys, games, arts and crafts, books, and similar items.
Mothers for Others
139 East Putnam Ave., Greenwich, CT 06830
(203) 340-1259 – [email protected]
Mothers for Others collects baby and children’s items and distributes them to local families in need. They accept: toys, books, games, baby swings, bouncy seats, and most other baby gear. View the complete list of accepted items.
83 Lockwood Ave., Stamford, CT 06902
(203) 324-4277 – [email protected]
DOMUS serves more than 1100 struggling youth in Stamford and New Haven, offering educational, community, and residential services. They are in need of: board games, Legos, sports balls, crayons, markers, colored pencils, paint, gaming systems and games, and much more. View the complete wish list.
1864 Post Rd., Darien, CT 06820 – (203) 655-0048
76 S. Main St., Norwalk, CT 06854 – (203) 939-1650
Person-to-Person assists local individuals and families with basic needs (food, clothing, and layettes). Additionally, they accept: stuffed animals in good condition and children’s books in any language (especially English and Spanish). View the complete list of accepted items.
Family & Children’s Aid
75 West St., Danbury, CT 06810
(203) 748-5689 – [email protected]
Family & Children’s Aid offers mental healthcare to children and their families in Central and Western Connecticut. Their Fairfield County locations include Danbury, Bridgeport, and Shelton. They are in need of: arts and crafts supplies, coloring books and crayons, playing cards and card games, board games, Legos, video games, and children’s books. View the complete wish list.
A few friendly reminders: Please only donate items that are in very good-to-great condition. Also, please only donate items that each organization is in need of. If you are unsure about any items, then it’s best to contact each organization for more information about what they are, and are not, able to accept.
It was surprisingly hard to find local organizations that accept gently used toy donations, so if you know of any others, please comment below and I’ll add them to this post.
What do you do with toys when your little ones are done with them?