For A Good Cause: Donating Kid Stuff

You might be surprised to find how difficult it can be to
donate kids’ stuff. Often charities like Housing Works and many thrift shops
won’t accept these items. I’ve found two worthy organizations that make it easy
to declutter and streamline all your kid gear.

Room to Grow

This organization has a mission to enrich the lives of
babies born into poverty throughout the critical first three years of
development. In addition to the main programs that give developmental
information and customized support to families, they also ensure that families
have all of the needed baby items to ensure a healthy start for their child.

With programs in New York City and Boston, they accept donations
of baby items, provided they are in excellent condition. See a full list of
what they do and don’t accept here. For a tax-deductible fee they will pick-up
items or items can be dropped off at their location near Flatiron.

 

Baby Buggy 

This organization, founded by Jessica Seinfeld (that’d be Jerry’s wife),
works with networks of community-based organizations across the
country to distribute new and gently used baby essentials. Baby Buggy’s product
distributions are combined with comprehensive social service assistance, such
as job training, financial literacy classes, and parenting support.

They accept donations in New York City and Los Angeles. Check
out the full list of items they do and don’t accept.

In New York City, you can drop off at their location on West 37th Street
or you can arrange pick-up for a tax deductible fee. In Los Angeles, you can
schedule a pick-up or make a drop off at locations across town.

If you aren’t in NYC, LA or Boston, I encourage you to check
with local religious groups and other community organizations. There are so many people
doing this good work in all parts of the country.

And don’t forget to save those donation receipts for your
tax deductions!