How to Donate Stuffed Toys

Updated November 21, 2016

Few things are more rewarding than helping needy children. According to, when you donate a toy to a child in need, you provide a positive outlet for the child's energy and creativity. Donating your stuffed toys through a trustworthy non-profit organisation will bring joy to a needy or sick child.

Choose a reputable non-profit organisation, such as San Francisco-based Project Night Night (which provides toys to homeless children) or Stuffed Animals for Emergencies (SAFE), which has chapters around the country, to receive your stuffed toys.

If you are donating used stuffed toys, clean them first. Organizations will not accept toys that are torn or dirty. Clean the toys by washing them on a gentle cycle in a washing machine and line-drying them or using the low setting on your dryer. If the toys are not machine-washable, wipe them clean or spray them with a disinfectant spray.

Place the toys in secure garbage bags and drop them off at the charity organisation's nearest donation bin. If none of the charity's donation bins are near you, pack the stuffed toys and ship them to the organisation's headquarters by mail.


If you'd rather donate your stuffed toys locally, contact hospitals, women's shelters and police stations or fire stations to find out if they accept toy donations. You can find a charity's drop-off locations or donation bins by calling or visiting its website.


Stuffed toys that are war-related or weapon-inspired are usually not accepted by these organisations. Shipping stuffed toys (instead of dropping them off at donation bins) can be very expensive.

Things You'll Need

  • Washing machine
  • Dryer
  • Disinfectant spray
  • Garbage bags
  • Postal boxes
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Brittany Tucker began a freelance writing career in 2008. She specializes in home and garden topics, and her work has appeared on a variety of websites. Tucker studied English literature at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.