Knowing where to donate baby items is smart — whether you’re looking to donate items you no longer need or you’d like to purchase new items to donate to a good cause. The following places — Goodwill, Salvation Army, Savers, Baby Earth, and others — are the best places to donate baby clothes, formula, food, and more.

General Tips for Donating Baby Items

Most organizations and thrift stores accept almost anything, but there are a few things to keep in mind before donating baby items:

  • Many organizations will only accept baby furniture and items that have not been recalled and meet the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s guidelines.
  • Most places will not accept items with holes, stains, and obvious wear.
  • New, never used, or like-new goods are preferred.
  • If you have time, clean items before donating them.
  • Call ahead to make sure the organization will accept the items you’d like to donate.

National Organizations Where You Can Donate Baby Items

Here is the list of national organizations where you can donate baby items:

1. Baby Earth

  • Accepted Items: Strollers, car seats, swings, jumpers, high chairs, and diaper bags
  • Drop-off Locations and Hours: Only in Austin, Texas. Store hours: Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Item Pickup Available: No
  • Can You Send Items: Yes. Baby Earth accepts donations from anywhere, as long as you pay the shipping fees. After Baby Earth receives your donation, it will email you a $5 coupon that you can use on the Baby Earth website. Review Baby Earth’s donation guidelines and find Baby Earth’s shipping address online.
  • Tax Deductible: No. (This information is not listed on the Baby Earth website, but we called to confirm.)
  • Monetary Donations Accepted: No. (This information is not listed on the Baby Earth website, but we called to confirm.)
  • Website: Visit the Baby Earth website for more information.

2. Care Wear (Handmade Baby Items Only)

  • Accepted Items: Handmade baby items that are knitted, crocheted, or sewn. Some items that Care Wear accepts are hats, blankets, socks, booties, and quilts. For specific information, check the Care Wear index page.
  • Drop-off Locations and Hours: Check to see if you live near one of the hospitals or contact your local hospital to see if it accepts handmade baby items.
  • Item Pickup Available: No
  • Can You Send Items: Yes. You can send your items directly to the hospitals on Care Wear’s list.
  • Tax Deductible: Yes.
  • Monetary Donations Accepted: Yes.
  • Website: Visit the Care Wear website for more information.

3. Furniture Bank Association of North America (Furniture Only)

4. Good+ Foundation

  • Accepted Items: The Good+ Foundation accepts gently used and new products and clothing for infants and children up to age 14. The foundation does not take certain used items, such as stuffed animals, feeding supplies, cribs, and car seats. For specific information, review the Good+ Foundation donation guidelines.
  • Drop-off Locations and Hours: The Good+ Foundation takes donations in Los Angeles, New York, and more than a dozen other cities nationwide.
  • Item Pickup Available: No.
  • Can You Send Items: No.
  • Tax Deductible: Depends on the organizations that have partnered with the Good+ Foundation in your city.
  • Monetary Donations Accepted: Yes..
  • Website: Visit the Good+ Foundation website for more information.

5. Goodwill

6. Habitat for Humanity ReStore (Furniture Only)

7. Once Upon A Child (Consignment Shop)

8. Operation Give

  • Accepted Items: Operation Give accepts almost any toy that doesn’t require batteries and is nonviolent.
  • Drop-off Locations and Hours: Not applicable
  • Item Pickup Available: Not applicable
  • Can You Send Items: Yes, this is the only way to donate your items. 
  • Tax Deductible: Yes. (This information is not available on the Operation Give website, but we contacted the organization through Facebook to confirm.)
  • Monetary Donations Accepted: Yes.
  • Website: Visit the Operation Give website for more information.

9. Project Night Night

10. SAFE (Stuffed Animals For Emergencies)

  • Accepted Items: SAFE accepts new and gently used stuffed animals, baby blankets, books, toys, baby items, and clothing. Not all chapters accept the same items, so check the website for details or contact your local chapter.
  • Drop-off Locations and Hours: Contact a SAFE chapter member for drop-off information.
  • Item Pickup Available: SAFE chapter members are volunteers and some may offer to pick up items if you live nearby.
  • Can You Send Items: Yes. Check the SAFE donation page for shipping information.
  • Tax Deductible: Yes.
  • Monetary Donations Accepted: Yes.
  • Website: Visit the SAFE website for more information.

11. Salvation Army

12. Savers

  • Accepted Items: Savers accepts accessories, clothes, shoes, toys, games, puzzles, stuffed animals, and certain types of small furniture. Car seats and cribs are not accepted at any Savers location. Some locations may not accept any type of furniture. Review their guidelines for a comprehensive list of everything Savers does and does not accept.
  • Drop-off Locations and Hours: Hours vary by location. Find your nearest Savers location.
  • Item Pickup Available: No
  • Can You Send Items: No
  • Tax Deductible: Yes.
  • Monetary Donations Accepted: No, but customers can donate directly to one of Savers’ nonprofit partners. (This information is not listed on the Savers website, but we called to confirm.)
  • Website: Visit the Savers website for more information.

13. Vietnam Veterans Of America

How to Find Local Organizations That Accept Baby Supplies

Although it might seem easy to donate your gently used baby items, many places have restrictions on what they will take. Remember not to get frustrated if a place turns down your stuff, and that ultimately it’s better to keep searching for a place to donate your baby items than to throw it in the trash. Here are a few places in your area that have a high probability of accepting baby items:

  • Start with the local chapter of national organizations like Goodwill and the Salvation Army. We’ve provided details for these organizations below.
  • Look for your local women and children’s shelters.
  • Look for food banks in your area that take baby food, formula, diapers, and other non-perishable baby items.
  • Check to see if your local children’s hospital accepts books, toys, or other baby and children’s items.

Here are a few national directories you can use to find places to donate your baby items:

In Summary

Whether you’re doing it to reduce clutter in your home, reduce waste in landfills or you simply want to buy new things and give them to babies in need, we hope this article has served you well. There are a number of places that take donations of baby supplies, from Baby Earth to Vietnam Veterans of America. And if none of those are accessible to you, check for a local charity that will take your donations.