A.R. asks from Meridian, ID on August 03, 2010
Donating Toys - Meridian,ID
My children are fortunate enough to be spoiled by grandparents who love them - they not only spend a great deal of time but also love to send them gifts. I tend to hide away the toys then don't play with much any more for a few months and then, if they don't notice, donate those toys. Before moving, it was easy, I had a friend who worked in a homeless shelter for families and would take the toys down for the children there. Now, having moved across the country, I would like to find a place in the area (Meridian/Boise) that would use gently used, good condition toys. Any ideas?
P. answers from Boise on August 03, 2010
A.B. answers from Boise on August 04, 2010
You could give Other Mothers a try. They take donations of clothes, toys, and gear. They will give you store credit or cash for your items. I love the store credit! I'm not sure from your post if you are looking specifically for somewhere that will give them to kids for free-Other Mothers sells the stuff they choose to give you credit for but if they don't want to sell it in the store you can tell them you still want to donate it and they will transport it to another charity for give away. Thanks for thinking of others and trying to help those that are not as fortunate as your kids are!
C.W. answers from Boise on August 04, 2010
The WCA (Women and Children's Alliance) is another place to check. I worked for United Way a while back and they would know where there is a need - give them a call, one thing I learned while working there is that there is always a need.
S.L. answers from Boise on August 04, 2010
Deseret Industries on Fairview/Maple Grove is a great place. It's a thrift store that hires people who need job training, either so they can learn English or because of mental handicaps, or any reason, actually. In addition to that, families who are in need can apply for vouchers for the things they need: furniture, clothing, toys, etc. Then they can shop for those things for free.
Their donation process is easy, too. There's a drive-through drop-off. You drive in, they unload for you, ask you if you want a receipt for tax purposes, and off you go!