Are you doing a holiday purge? Here are some places in Indianapolis to donate your used toys (or do a little shopping!) and teach kids the value of giving! We’ve also included some organizations that need new items for the families they assist.
If you are anything like us, you’re might be dreading the onslaught of new toys that are sure to come with holiday gift giving- made doubly worse if your child(ren!) have winter birthdays like mine do! Like many of you, I’d like to teach my daughter the importance of giving, as well as clear out some of the clutter in our already small house. While it’s easy to take my purged toys to a Goodwill drop off, I like the idea of them being directly used or given to children, rather than resold (though I love a great thrift store find!) In addition to the options listed below, check with your own or local church and daycare centers–they often love new toys and books to add into their rotation!
New or gently used children’s clothing, toys, books, small household goods, infant items, and new
hygiene supplies can be dropped off at the Gene Glick Family Support Center (closed on Sundays).They
cannot accept clothes or toys that are stained, ripped, or broken, open toiletries, or toys that promote
violence or adult themes. Here’s their Wish List.
Easter Seals Crossroads
While the link shows the 2013 information, they are accepting donations of used toys this year. They would especially like Light up baby toys and sensory toys, baby dolls and strollers, learning toys (Leap Frog and the like), gently used books, medium sized cars and trucks for pushing, and DVDs. They cannot accept Legos of any size, toys with lots of small pieces, stuffed animals, or puzzles. For more information, contact Angie Hilligoss, Manager, Camp and Respite Services.
Benjamin Harrison YMCA
Benjamin Harrison’s Preschool Enrichment Program is in need of donations, specifically puzzles, books for ages 2-10, items for their Dramatic Play center(hats, scarves, purses, shoes, play clothes, play food),
building blocks, items for arts and crafts. Contact Carol Allen to arrange your donation.
Holy Family Shelter
Holy Family Shelter accepts donations of used in-season clothing and toys, but asks that you call before donating to see if they are in need of the items you have.
Crisis Center: 317-236-1556,
Refugee Resettlement Program: 317-236-1563
All donations to the Julian Center are processed through their Thrifty Threads resale shop; however, clients get to shop there free of charge. A portion of the proceeds from their store underwrites victim services at the Julian Center as well.
Heather Hills Baptist Church- Maternity Outreach Ministry (M.O.M.) House
In addition to programs that take used toys, there are many that take brand new toys. Most have a few easy guidelines, so check out their websites!
Toys for Tots
Toys for Tots accepts new, unwrapped toys for children through age 12. They ask you avoid realistic weapons and toys with food. All Toys R Us and Babies R Us accept toy donations, as well as Central Indiana YMCA and Menards locations. There is a long list of other businesses accepting donations here.
Shepherd Community Center
Shepherd Community Center accepts new, unwrapped toys, undergarments, and outerwear for children and teens for their Christmas Store Parent Shop. They ask you avoid realistic weapon and violent toys. All area KeyBank locations accept toy donations, as well as their East Washington location.
Ronald McDonald House of Indiana (Year-round program)
Ronald McDonald House hosts a lovely Winter Wonderland Holiday Open House that is free and open to the public with cookies and cocoa throughout the day, appearances by Santa Claus in the afternoon, Ronald McDonald in the evening, holiday entertainment and hors d’ oeuvres, and a ceremonial lighting of the House’s exterior holiday decorations. Visitors are encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable food items to stock the House’s food pantries.
Riley Hospital for Children Child Life Program (Year-round program)
Riley can only accept new toys (no stuffed animals), however, they do accept donations of appropriate children’s books, magazines, movies, and library materials! If you sew, they are also always in need of volunteers to make and donate puppy pillows, gowns, bags, and blankets.
RTV6 Toy Drive (2015 coming soon)
The RTV6 Toy drive accepts new, unwrapped toys for children through age 15. All U_Stor locations accept toy donations, and there will be a special collection event from 6am to 6pm on Thursday,December 11th on Monument Circle in front of the Emmis Building. Bicycle Garage Indy is hosting a fun event delivering toys too.
Humane Society of Indianapolis (Year-round program)
United Christmas Service- Adopt a Family
You’ll be matched with a family who is in need this holiday season to purchase food, clothing and toys for the family. United Christmas Service suggests that all gifts, except food, be wrapped and labeled for the appropriate family member. Experience has taught us that it takes approximately $75 per person in the recipient family to adequately provide food, clothing and toys. For example, to adopt a family of four, please be prepared to spend $300. You will arrange with the family (date, time and place) for the delivery of the wrapped gifts, toys and food (usually at the family’s home).
Not local, but did you know you can donate LEGO brand pieces to Brick Recycler for FREE?! They repackage and donate them to LEGO Clubs and other organizations where they will be used!
No time to take your excess stuff somewhere? Schedule a pick-up through AMVETS