My kids are growing like weeds, so I've been going through their closets and deciding what to toss and what to donate. The seasonal ritual also tends to turn up clothing items that still have tags on them, duplicate books, and toys that have never been touched. While some of the things are passed to friends, I am always looking for new places to donate the goods.
- Baby Buggy collects and distributes gently used baby clothing and equipment throughout New York City and donates it to domestic violence and homeless shelters as well as court child centers. Started by baby puree guru Jessica Seinfeld, the charity has distributed more than two million items over the last eight years.
- Pajama Program provides new pajamas and books to children in need, particularly those awaiting adoption. The nonprofit encourages individuals to hold pajama drives to help collect them for distribution.
- Project Night Night provides homeless shelters with individual tote bags filled with a security blanket, an age-appropriate book, and a stuffed animal. The organization accepts new blankets, like-new books, and stuffed animals to be placed in their care packages.
For tips on what can be donated,
Most donated items need to be in like-new condition.
- Clothing free of stains, tears, or personalization.
- Baby gear that is in excellent working condition, was purchased in the last three years, and has not been recalled.
- Car seats that have not been in accidents.
- Unopened diapers, water diapers, and pullups.
- Never donate used feeding supplies (bottles, forks, etc.) or unsanitary breastfeeding supplies.