When you’re preparing for the holiday season, you may wonder where to donate toys, clothes, and other items. If you have a lot to be thankful for and you’re ready to clear out space for new gifts, it’s helpful to have a list of reputable charities to give to. Here, we’ve compiled our favorite Seattle-area donation centers to consider this year:
Since 1999, Mary’s Place has served the Seattle community. They began as a center for homeless women, and later evolved into a network of shelters and family centers. There are several locations that offer assistance for those in need, and each facility would love to accept donations. If you feel inclined to give this year, Mary’s Place could especially use blankets, coats of all sizes, and clothing for teenage boys.
The winter season can be a particularly challenging time for parents lacking resources. If you and your children have extra toys and gear, drop by WestSide Baby to provide a donation. The main location is on 14th Street in Seattle, but there are several drop-off centers throughout town. Visit this website to find a convenient location near you. If you’re looking for more ways to help children and families in need, consider hosting a donation drive to collect essentials like diapers and clothing.
Founded in 1965, Northwest Center has been helping children and adults with disabilities for decades. The team at Northwest Center is passionate about providing vital services to the community, such as early intervention and inclusive learning environments. If you’d like to give this season, the foundation prefers to receive items like clothing, toys, housewares, and media devices. When you’re ready to drop off items, use the location look-up to find a receiving center in your area.
Children in foster care face a unique set of challenges, and Treehouse is on a mission to help foster kids achieve a better future. Since 1988, this Seattle-based group has collected the basics like school supplies and clothing for foster children in their community. In addition to providing kids with the basics, such as well-fitting clothing, they also offer an academic support program. While toys in excellent condition are always appreciated, Treehouse currently needs donations of like-new clothing for both boys and girls in a range of sizes.
Eastside Baby Center
There are plenty of donation centers in Seattle, but it can be a bit more difficult for those just outside of the city to find reputable charities. Eastside Baby Center is based in Issaquah, and they’ve helped kids gain access to adequate food and clothing since 1990. If your children have outgrown most of their wardrobe, this children’s foundation is always in need of gently used clothes. Currently, they’d love to receive coats from sizes 5 to 14. Shoes and socks are also in high demand, as well as bicycles and helmets. Drop-off locations are available in Issaquah, Redmond, and Kenmore.
If you need to make room for incoming holiday gifts, consider donating to any of the above charities. These foundations rely on generous donations from community members, and you can make a difference by giving gently used clothing or toys.