The Gift of Giving

When I first became a mom, I didn’t know a thing about baby items. I researched and read, and tried to understand what this stuff actually was. We brought so much of it home, and then, just like that, my first daughter was a toddler, and then a kid! We didn’t need all the strollers, clothes, crib, carriers or chairs anymore. To free up some much-needed space, I searched for places in NYC to donate our old gear and discovered numerous resources where parents can pass along items to help those in need. Here are a few of my favorite places to give new life to used baby items during the holidays -- or anytime of year.

Little Essentials: A Brooklyn-based non-profit, Little Essentials accepts donations to help toddlers and babies in need. They currently accept clothes (up to 4T), shoes, socks, hats, baby bottles, baby tubs, baby proofing items, strollers and much more. You can also arrange for a pick-up in Brooklyn for a $10 tax deductible fee with a minimum of two or more large garbage-sized bags or one large item (e.g. crib, bassinet).

Baby Buggy: Started by Jessica Seinfeld, this charitable organization was created to help families in need. You can volunteer your time, your old strollers, monitors, breast pumps, clothing, baby carriers and even baby food and formula (as long as it won’t expire for at least three months). The items have to be purchased within the past three years, and you can arrange a pick-up right from your home.

Room to Grow: Donate old baby items at Room to Grow, an organization that helps babies in poverty. They accept clothes (up to 5T), high chairs, bibs, booster chairs, bassinets and more. You can even go a little further and organize a collection drive in your neighborhood or child’s day care to collect more materials for babies in need.

K.I.D.S (Kids in Distressed Situations): This organization donates everything from new clothes and shoes to toys and baby gear to kids in need.

Thrift Stores: Donating to thrift stores is a great way to drop of your old baby items, and make these often expensive necessities affordable. These donations are also tax-deductible. In NYC, you can donate to Salvation Army, Goodwill and local churches or synagogues.

Pass it Along: Another easy to way to donate your old items is to give them to your friends. People are always having babies, and it’s generous to pass along something special for which you no longer have use (or space!).

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