Q&A: Where to Donate Toys?

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Heather Richardson writes: Anyone know where I can donate toys? My boys just have too many and I’d like to pass them on to someone who could use them either another family, daycare, or charity. I know Good Will does not take them. Thanks!

  • Diane Hinze Kanzler replies: Salvation Army in Turners will take them, I have no doubt. Call ahead.
  • Karen O’Connell Leet replies: You could try Freecycling them: groups.yahoo.com/group/hilltownfreecycle
  • Sally Campbell Galman replies: I think Amherst Survival Center always needs toys.
  • Sandie DeLuca Richardson replies: I know it’s far out, but there is a family in Pownal, VT that just lost everything in a fire – there is an article in thetranscript.com with details as to who to call, and where to send.
  • Barbara Solow replies: Horizons for Homeless Children, a nonprofit that sets up playspaces for kids living in homeless and rehab shelters across the state.


  1. September 29, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Jessica, have you tried any of the recommendations made here? Also check this post for more suggestions: http://hilltownfamilies.wordpress.com/2010/12/08/hf-121/

  2. Jessica G. said,

    September 29, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Hello! I am new to this, I have a TON of old toys….stuffed animals, TY beanie babys, puzzles, board games, action figures etc. Goodwill and Salvation army wont take them. :( I live in Belchertown MA. Anyone have any suggestions? it would be awful to throw it all away.
    please email me @ jlgorman888@gmail.com if you know of anyone in need!

  3. July 16, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Gwenn, reach out to some of the wonderful recommendations our readers have given. They might be able to direct you!

  4. Gwenn Lewis said,

    July 9, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Hi, I came across this site, and I am looking to donate used, childrens toys, in good condition. I also have allot of stuffed animals, that are also very gently used, could be washed and recycled? any ideas? please let me know, thank you!

  5. February 8, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    The Amherst Toy Library is now open! Offering free toy rentals for children up to 8 years old! Located on the 2nd floor of the Bangs Community Center in downtown Amherst, the Toy Library is open Wed & Thurs from 11am-1pm and Fridays from 9am-12noon. Donation of new or gently used toys (puzzles, games, block, etc) are needed, but not stuffed animals or cloth toys. If you’d like to donate or volunteer, contact Randa or Shangzhu at amhersttoylibrary@gmail.com

  6. Carey said,

    June 17, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Hi! I know some families,through my job, who have fallen on some hard financial times…I think I could find good homes for your toys, where they’d be much appreciated.:)

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