If you’re thinking of how you can contribute in some way this #givingtuesday or anytime during this season, just look around at your stuff. Maybe you’ve got a bunch of outgrown baby items, adorable “one and done” dressy outfits, and toys the kids haven’t given a second glance to in months. Of course, these things pile up and take up space, which begs the question—where can these used (and loved) baby and kids items find a new home? We’ve rounded up ten places around N.J. where you can donate or bring baby and child clothes, toys, furniture, and gear and listed them here. Read on to find out where you can go and who accepts what to make an impact on this #givingtuesday.
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This organization accepts almost everything, including baby items, toys, dolls, games, furniture, mattresses, books, and more. Families who need help (about 20 each week) are referred by a social organization and come to the facility to choose what they need.
24 Commerce Street, Springfield, New Jersey 07081
Moms Helping Moms
Moms Helping Moms Foundation was started by two mothers who shared the common idea that no baby should ever have to go without life’s basic necessities. They are currently accepting the following new or gently used baby items: diapers (all sizes needed – open packs and loose diapers warmly accepted), wipes (unopened packs only), new baby toiletry items, new or gently used in-season clothing (newborn – 5T), period products, and swaddle baby blankets. They also accept strollers, Pack N Plays, and high chairs if purchased in the last five years and have not been recalled.
223 Stirling Road, Suite E, Warren, NJ 07059
For individual and/or group volunteer opportunities, please contact
Madonna House is dedicated to serving babies, children, and women by providing clothing, kid’s furniture, toys, infant formula, diapers, small household items, and other life necessities to impoverished and needy families – free of charge. The organization accepts baby bedding, diapers of all sizes, formula, new and gently used clothing, new toys, furniture (no more than four years old), car seats (no more than three years old). They are asking that all used items be held until January 18, 2022, as they prepare for their Christmas program, but they are accepting all new clothes and toys at this time.
1401 7th Avenue, Neptune, NJ 07753
The Rescue Mission is a non-profit organization set up exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, dedicated to changing the lives of those less fortunate in the Trenton community. There are many clothing box locations across the state, and they have a shelter, behavioral health center, vocational development, supportive housing, a thrift store, and a food pantry.
P.O. Box 790 Trenton, NJ 08605-0790
Second Chance Toys
Second Chance Toys is helping us save our planet by rescuing and recycling plastic toys so that they don’t pile up in landfills. The toys MUST be plastic, clean, have functioning batteries (if needed), and no small or missing parts. Collections take place now through mid-December for the holidays.
53 Morrison Road, Springfield, NJ 07081
Summit Junior League
The Junior League runs a Thrift Shop that’s the oldest retail business in downtown Summit. It offers new and gently used items at very low prices. They use the funds raised at the shop (over $3 million to date) to support and develop local interests through grants, projects, and scholarships. They accept clothing, shoes, bikes, radios, small appliances, and more.
37 DeForest Ave., Summit, NJ 07901
This is a great option that benefits U.S. veterans, and they will come to you. The organization will arrange to pick up your donation from your home and accepts virtually all types of clothing, shoes, and accessories (including children’s and baby), as well as stuffed animals, board games, dolls, action figures, books, and sports equipment. You can schedule a pickup right on the website here.
South Jersey Dream Center
This organization in South Jersey passes along your items, free of cost, to local families who are struggling to make ends meet. South Jersey Dream Center only accepts quality items– clothes in good condition, baby equipment that is safe and sound, and toys that are complete. This includes new and gently used clothing (newborn to 14/16), coats (newborn to 14/16), books, baby crib and bassinette bedding (no bumpers), baby carriers, diaper bags, diapers, strollers, Pack n Plays, car seats (less than five years old), high chairs, swings, bouncy seats, bathtubs, and more.
P.O. Box 52, West Deptford, NJ 08086
For bigger items like cribs, did you know the Salvation Army will coordinate a pickup for you? The organization also accepts clothing, furniture, household items, and more.
Call 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825) to arrange.