Where you can Make a Donation of Children’s Clothing, Toys and other Items in Toronto & GTA

Now that my baby is almost a year (wow it’s gone by fast!!), I’ve been thinking where I can donate used/ new baby clothes, blankets, toys, books and other items that no one I know wants. Below is a list of places to consider, as alternatives to donation boxes in many parking lots around the City which may or may not be charity based:

 

1. Ontario Early Years Centres

Ontario Early Years Centres are for caregivers and their children aged 0- 6 years. They offer a broad range of free programs and activities (both drop-in and preregistered), the opportunity to speak with early years professionals, and chat with other caregivers in the community. I find these Centres incredibly valuable and love the idea of donating toys and books so that many other children will enjoy them time and time again!

What you can donate: Call your nearest Centre in advance to see what they will take. Possibly toys and books appropriate for infants up to 6 years of age. Some Centres may also be in need of other items such as high chairs and breastfeeding pillows. I’ve also dropped off clothes and the staff said they knew parents who were in need and would pass them along.

Where: Click here to find a location near you.

When: Call ahead for their hours.

 

 

2. CTV Toronto Toy Mountain

What you can donate: Donate a new, unwrapped toy. (Got any gifts you want to re-gift? Donate instead!) *Note: toys for 0- 2 years and teenagers are in need the most.

Where: Drop off boxes are located at various locations throughout the GTA. Check the official site as they change every year.

When: Winter Holiday Season.


3.
Children’s Book Bank

The Children’s Book Bank is a place where children and their caregivers can go to select a book and bring it home at no charge. Read about it more here and a review from a very knowledgeable mom!

What you can donate: Gently used children’s books.

Where: The Children’s Book Bank is located at 350 Berkeley Street in Toronto (Gerrard Street East & Parliament Street).

When: Drop off at any time of the year. Currently their hours of operation are Mon- Thu 10am- 6pm and Sun 11am- 3pm (please call or visit their website to confirm).

 

 

4. SafetyNet Children and Youth Charities

SafetyNet is a registered Charity that provides services to children, youth and their families. The Charity’s focus is to work with youth and families that, for one reason or another, are struggling in the community. SafetyNet will provide assistance and support for these families, and their children, and to initiate programs that will not only assist in the basic necessities, but will inspire them with courage, spirit, and confidence to overcome their present difficulties.

SafetyNet will have on hand a variety of clothes, from infant to adult, to help those who may be experiencing financial difficulties, and cannot afford clothing for themselves, or their families.

What you can donate: Used clothing from infant to adult, and linens.

Where: Drop off at 226 Randall Street, Suite 101, Oakville (Trafalgar Road & Lakeshore Road East).

When: Any time of the year. Call ahead to see when they’re open. If no one is there, you can leave clothing in front of the office door.

 

 

5. Canadian Diabetes Association Clothesline Program

The Canadian Diabetes Association has a program called Clothesline. When donating, you are helping more than 9 million Canadians living with diabetes or prediabetes, and you are also helping the environment by responsibly processing your donations through the Think Recycle™ program. Clothesline has partnered with Value Village and the money the Diabetes Association receives supports diabetes research, education, service and advocacy.

What you can donate: Used clothing and toys, and baby equipment including cribs, walkers, playpens, car seats.

Where: You can call to schedule a pickup from your home (1-800-505-5525), or find a drop box near you by clicking here.

When: Any time of the year.

 

 

6. Toronto Public Libraries

What you can donate: Books not older than 2 years and in excellent condition.

Where: Click here to find a location near you.

When: Drop off at any time of the year.

 

 

7. Toronto Public Library Foundation

While the Toronto Public Library will only accept books in excellent condition and not older than 2 years, the Toronto Public Library Foundation will accept any used books. They sell them at the library ‘s bookstores and the proceeds go towards reading programs.

What you can donate: Used books

Where: There are two drop boxes located inside the Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street) or inside North York Central Library (5120 Yonge Street) that are accessible during library hours.

When: Drop off at any time of the year.

 

 

8.My First Wheels 

(Added to this post in Feb 2013.) My First Wheels is a charity that collects bikes in great to excellent condition and has partnered with community organizations to give the bikes to kids they are already working with who are in need. ”Each bike is a gift for a child who may otherwise never own one.  We think it should be a bike they can be proud of.”

What you can donate: Bikes that are almost “like-new” and “ride ready” for a child under 12 years. The bike must be less than 5 years old and wheel size 12″ to 20″. If it’s in need of repair or missing a part, they will not accept it. More information can be found here.

Where: Free pickup within the catchment area of Wilson, Bayview, St Clair and Dufferin in Toronto. Otherwise, you can drop off the bike by appointment in the spring and summer, at their storage unit near Eglinton and Laird.

When: April to August.

 

 

9. Recycling Rewards- Children’s Wish Foundation

(Added to this post in Feb 2013.) Similar to the Clothesline Program mentioned above in #5, Recycling Rewards will pickup used items from your house, and sell them  in a store. Part of the proceeds will go towards the Children’s Wish Foundation.

What you can donate: Clothing, shoes/ boots, toys, books, pillows. A full list is available here.

Where: Free pickup across the Greater Toronto Area. Click here to request a pickup online. Or click here to find a bin location.

When: Throughout the year.

 

You can always use free online classified sites like Craigslist or Kajiji, or if you’re apart of a parent/ moms group, you can see if anyone wants your second-hand items!

Got any more ideas about where to donate items? I’d love to hear ‘em!

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  3. SP (Reviews: 0) says:

    I just tried calling Ontario Early Years Centre, Markham location and they mentioned that do not accept any used toys etc. as they have approved funding to buy them. Any other places to donate used toys in Markham-Thornhill area?

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    • Melanie (*Sizzling Hot* OTG Parent - Reviews: 64) says:

      Used toys seem to be hard to get rid of, especially the toys made of fabric.

      If you have toys suited for the playground, consider dropping them off at a playground near you, as Monica suggested.

      Otherwise I would go with the Cothesline program which is run by the Canadian Diabetes Association. You can either find a dropoff box near you, or call them (1-800-505-5525) and they might schedule a pickup at your house. Here’s the link: http://www.diabetes.ca/get-involved/supporting-us/clothesline/ (phone number is at the top)

      From their site: “We accept gently-used clothing donations, all cloth based items, footwear, books, toys, kitchenware, electronics and much more!”

      Hope this helps!

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  4. Monica (Reviews: 0) says:

    Another great place to donate large/outdoor toys (think ride on cars, dump trucks, kitchens, etc) is to just leave them at your local children’s playground for all kids there to enjoy (pick a busy one and preferably during spring/summer months for less chance of theft). I have seen quite a few that have tons of old play kitchens, shovels etc in the sandbox and ride on toys left there by other thoughtful parents for all kids to play with.

    Love the children’s book bank idea, am going to put together a box to drop off when I get the chance!

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    • Melanie (*Sizzling Hot* OTG Parent - Reviews: 64) says:

      Thanks for the suggestion Monica! I remember going to a playground at Bayview & Eglinton that had ride-on cars, trikes, sand toys and even a stroller someone had left. A mom who lives in the neighborhood had told me it was sort of a tradition for people in the area to pass stuff on for others to use.

      I’m happy to hear you are thinking of donating to the Children’s Book Bank. It’s such a worthy cause!

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