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Donating Stuff for Kids

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Casual Uncluttering LLC

Just today, a client asked for ways to donate stuff for kids to kids. I love a good challenge, so.... (these are just a few)

 

Child's Play Charity supports children in hospitals by providing gaming opportunities to those pediatric patients in creative, generous ways.

Hospitals, for example Seattle Children's, might be able to take toys.

LEGO Replay, through LEGO, accepts your loose bricks, through a pre-paid mail-back program, and donates them to multiple partners.

Pass the Bricks also distributes LEGO bricks.

There is of course Toys for Tots.

But what do you do with the big stuff - the train tables, the swing sets??? Get creative. Your local preschool might need them. A YWCA or Boys & Girls Club might be expanding. Know a house of worship that's got a playground that's a bit bare?

Some items are just plain difficult - strollers, car seats, other "breakable" things. They have expiration dates, there are concerns about whether they've been in accidents, or have been contaminated with chemicals that a child might react to. Private exchanges, such as through BuyNothing or FreeCycle communities, might be an effective way to give these items to others. I stumbled on Target's car

seat trade-in program 15 years too late. There may be others.

Children's furniture - cribs, changing tables and such - might be candidates for furniture banks or agencies which furnish transitional housing, such as Mary's Place. But you have to do your homework: call, ask, learn how the donation is accomplished. OR... you can ask for help from one of my favorite people on the planet - John Stromberg, owner of Happy Hauler, who is FIERCELY  dedicated to taking away materials for his clients which he then offers as donation to all sorts of non-profits as often as possible. I believe John and his staff even itemize your stuff as it leaves your premises.

 

 

Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Yeah I would say that it has to be in pretty pristine condition or new entirely to make it really something worthwhile, in my experience as well

May 17, 2024 09:45 PM
Lauren Williams, CPO

Laura Cerrano When my clients are ambivalent, I ask them to ask themselves "If I was at a thrift shop, would I buy this and bring it into my house?" Lauren

May 18, 2024 05:12 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Lauren. Kids out grow toys so fast it's amazing. As spelling grand parents we get stuck with the inventory. Not so fast. Our former building engineer is well known in his neighborhood, like an unofficial mayor, who takes the toys and distributes them. Occasionally he will send us photos of the children at play. Enjoy your day.

May 18, 2024 03:55 AM
Lauren Williams, CPO

Wayne Martin I know you're good people, and sounds like your "mayor" is terrific as well. Lauren

May 18, 2024 05:13 PM
Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

Great stuff, we must have 500 dinos here in my house for my grandson.  I know where they will end up.

May 18, 2024 04:01 AM
Lauren Williams, CPO

Michael Elliott OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. In my house, letting go of dinos was HARD. Lauren

May 18, 2024 05:14 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

That is a great idea for the Lego pieces - there are probably billions of loose pieces laying around!

May 18, 2024 05:20 AM
Lauren Williams, CPO

Kat Palmiotti The day LEGO can stamp the set # on each piece in a set, I hope it also goes public and I WILL but stock. Lauren

May 18, 2024 05:16 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Good list of places and suggestions.

May 18, 2024 08:50 AM
Lauren Williams, CPO

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 They are an eclectic set. Lauren

May 18, 2024 05:17 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Thanks so much for this post, and we have no idea how many children go without toys.

May 18, 2024 09:24 AM
Lauren Williams, CPO

Joan Cox The thought of kids not having toys breaks my heart. Lauren

May 18, 2024 05:18 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Lauren,

What great ideas doe donating stuff for kids. The Legos idea is brilliant!

May 18, 2024 10:04 AM
Lauren Williams, CPO

Dorie Dillard Austin TX Yea, LEGO are a nuisance, but so much fun. Lauren

May 18, 2024 05:19 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Lauren Williams, CPO kids toys pile up over the years, so it is good to know how to pass them on to another kid that can use them.

May 18, 2024 05:01 PM
Lauren Williams, CPO

George Souto Yes, agreed. Lauren

May 18, 2024 05:19 PM