Q&A: Where Can Toys Be Donated to Be Distributed Directly to Families


"Family Centers will take them and use them in their centers or give them to families," writes Swansea Benham Bleiche, Director of the Northampton Parent Center. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Alison Webster asks, “Does anyone know where I could donate used, very good condition toys and they would go directly to kids/families?”

  • Shoshona King recommends: Amherst Survival Center
  • Jody Hadden recommends: Try your local womens shelter or homeless shelter. I know the Elizabeth Freeman Center (Great Barrington, MA) takes them – also any daycare center usually will.
  • Alisa Blanchard recommends: Or the Redfield House in Pittsfield, MA.
  • Heather Richardson recommends: Contact your local church and see if they can be donated to them for families in need. That’s where mine are going.
  • Swansea Benham Bleiche recommends: Family Centers will take them and use them in their centers or give them to families.
  • Debbie Richards recommends: Northampton Survival Center 413-586-6564
  • Faith Ann recommends: Forbes Library “Giving Tree” in the Children’s Department (Northampton, MA) get distributed to kids in need.
  • Diane Hinze Kanzler recommends: The Greenfield Family Inn at 128 Federal Street accepts donations of used items in good condition. All items go directly to the families living there. 413-774-6382. It’s important to call first.
  • Alison Platek Webster writes: Thank you all for the great suggestions. Hoping to start a tradition with my kids (oldest is 2) of giving both our toys and new toys each holiday.

Heather Richardson asked a similar question this summer.  Check out recommendations the community offered her HERE.


  1. September 16, 2015 at 10:30 am

    The Village Closet in Cummington at the Berkshire Trail Elem School off of Rt 9 takes infant books and toys in good condition. Call 413-650-3640 or email info@hilltownvillage.org to schedule a donation time. For more info, visit: http://www.hilltownvillage.org

  2. February 8, 2013 at 3:18 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

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