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Ask Casa: Where Can I Donate My Stuffed Animals?

Hi Casa,

I need to do a major overhaul of my room, clean it, make it look pretty. I have all these old stuffed animals from my childhood and I don't know what to do with them. They're sooo dusty that I don't even think I can give them away. What can I do with them?


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Hi Tatsauce,

Kudos to you for being such a conscientious cleaner and recycler! My first (not very serious) suggestion is to send your stuffed animals to the Campana Brothers, who could make them into another chair.

I also saw an intense, giant teddy bear sculpture called Pre-Loved at Oakland, CA, art gallery LoBot a few years ago, which had been fashioned out of 1,700 stuffed animals. You never know what artist in your city or area might be looking for some stuffed animals for an art project. Try posting an ad in the free section of Craigslist.

Perhaps the most gratifying and generous option is to donate your stuffed animals to Project Night Night, which will distribute the toys to children at homeless shelters. Another organization, Project Smile, donates stuffed animals to firefighters, police officers, and other officials to give to children involved in traumatic situations. You might want to also check with homeless shelters, foster care organizations, women's shelters, and other similar organizations in your community to see if you can donate your toys locally. Even if the toys are dusty, they can usually be cleaned and repaired.

As you can see, there are many options available. I know that whoever receives your stuffed animals will be very grateful indeed.

Good luck,

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tatsauce tatsauce 9 years
Thank you CasaSugar and everyone for your suggestions! Now I really have to get started on cleaning up, no more excuses! =)
Lizzard214 Lizzard214 9 years
Thanks so much for posting this! I'm moving soon and doing a giant overhaul. I came across my stuffed animals and while I have tons of memories of them from my childhood, I honestly didn't remember they were in my closet until this week. I didn't want to just throw them away, so knowing about these organizations is great.
dkaufmann125 dkaufmann125 9 years
I kinda had the sme situation. I donated mine to a shelter. Mine were dusty as well you can just toss them in the washer (take off embellishments is possible) and then into the dryer with a dryer sheet I swear this worked for me. Good Luck with your good deed!
supercoolnat supercoolnat 9 years
I have a giant care bear that I won at a theme park that's been sitting around (literally) in various locations around our apartment for years. He finally made his way to the closet and he's been in there for a year or so. I still can't figure out what to do with him. He's probably too big to donate to any charity, and it would be so sad to see him sitting in the dumpster. I've propsed a "free" listing on craigslist, but we haven't gotten around to it. My husband and I have joked we should just keep him until we have kids.
CoralAmber CoralAmber 9 years
If they are that dusty, I suggest going over them with a vacuum hose with an attachment at the very least. Most stuffed animals can then be surface washed carefully with water and a bit of woolite, but don't soak them. You can also set them in the dryer on low with a dryer sheet (or even in a dryel bag) to spiff them up. Otherwise, febreeze for people with allergies is great for getting out stale smells.
GeriAnne1932 GeriAnne1932 9 years
If you go to church, your priest/minister/pastor may know of a family in need. Might I also suggest checking with your local Freecycle group? I was able to help a few families in need by offering my items to them.
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