Where to donate, updated Jan. 13, 2022:
A colleague here at Seattle’s Child tells the story of driving home from visiting friends when she was suddenly startled by a plea from her 2-year-old daughter in the backseat. “Mommmmy,” her daughter wailed, “we go store!” When mom pointed out that the family didn’t need anything, the toddler became louder and more insistent. Exasperated, mom finally asked the child what she felt she needed. The indignant toddler’s reply? “Need STUUUUUUFFFFFF!”
If you have a miniature consumer monster in your home, it may be time to embrace the principles of REDUCE, RECYCLE, REUSE.
Gathering up what isn’t needed around the house for disposition elsewhere can provide teachable moments for your kids. Involve them in the idea behind donating (after all, it’s just an extension of the “sharing” you urge them to do every day). They will have toys or books they’ve technically outgrown but still want to have around, but you also may be surprised at some of the items with which they are ready to part. And consider including them in the delivery process as well, so that they can understand where their donations are going.
Then comes a challenge: Deciding where to donate your items to ensure they (or the funds they engender) will reach those most in need. We’ve compiled a short list of suggestions – organizations that accept and rehome new and gently used clothes, furniture, household goods, toys and books, among other items. Not every organization can use every item, though, so be sure to check before you head out to deliver.
NOTE: During the pandemic, many organizations that would otherwise be listed below are temporarily unable to accept donations. Those that are accepting donated goods may have different hours or be more limited in the items they can accept, so check before you go.
Even with COVID, though, there are a few organizations that can pick up donations from your home. To identify those, log on to Donation Town.
Big Brothers Big Sisters creates meaningful mentorship matches between volunteers and youth ages 6-20, including the training, resources and support necessary for matches to succeed. Donations of new and reusable clothes and household goods, as well as new books, toys and art supplies, help to fund local mentorship programs. Through Value Village sales, BBBS receives income that helps them serve children facing adversity.
Eastside Baby Corner
Issaquah: 1510 NW Maple St.; 425-865-0234
Donate: Monday 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday 4-5:30 p.m., Friday 9-10:30 a.m.
Kenmore: 6524 NE 181st St.; 425-209-1136
Donate: Tuesday 4-6 p.m.
The Baby Corner provides care, safety and health goods for children birth-12 who are living in poverty or experiencing homelessness or family disruption. While the specific donations they accept may vary somewhat, they will generally include bikes and helmets, baby equipment, clothing, small toys, books and more.
Check donation hours and locations on website
Donations of new and reusable items fund free education and job-training opportunities for low-income individuals. Goodwill accepts a wide variety of items: clothing, household goods, furniture, equipment, toys and books (and a great deal more).
312 Broadway E., Seattle; 206-329-5792, email@example.com
Donate: Drive-up Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.
Lifelong accepts a variety of clean, resaleable goods, including clothes and shoes, books, furniture, vintage items, electronics, DVDs and CDS, home décor and art supplies. Proceeds provide food, housing and health to individuals with HIV/AIDS and other chronic conditions.
Your donations to Salvation Army are sold in their thrift stores to help fund rehabilitation programs for those struggling with addiction.
Seattle Children’s Hospital Thrift Stores
Kent: 215 W Meeker St.; 253-850-8216
Redmond: 15137 NE 24th St. (in Overlake Square); 425-746-3092
Bainbridge Island: 253 Winslow Way W; 206-842-5567
These thrift stores accept furniture and furnishings, gently used jewelry, clothing, antiques, collectibles, linens and more. For specific information about drop-off and pickup services and hours of operation, visit the website.
Wellspring’s Baby Boutique
1900 Rainier Ave. S, Seattle; 206-902-4234; firstname.lastname@example.org
Wellspring provides free kids’ and maternity items — including clothing, equipment, furnishings, toys and books — to families who are homeless. Check their website to see which items are especially needed at the time you donate.
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