Where to Donate Children’s Items

Do you have piles of baby clothes, even though your children are in elementary school? Do you have a portable crib that no one sleeps in? How about all those books your children have outgrown? I advise clients to hold on to a few special baby things for keepsakes. But lots of people in our community could use your children’s items that you no longer need. Plus, if you hold on to them too long, they become unusable by anyone – clothes get moldy; cribs get recalled.

If you want to get your space organized, I encourage you to create a giveaway pile, and donate your unused children’s items to a charity. Hey, you get a tax receipt, so everyone wins.

Don’t know where to take your things? Here are a few local charities that accept children’s items:

Children’s Books

Books are Magic  is “devoted to building home libraries and fostering a lifelong love of reading.” They partner with public schools to give 12 books to children in need of books at home.

Wake County Libraries accept used books! The books are either added to the library’s collection or sold in the used book sale to generate revenue for the library.

Children’s Clothes

InterAct of Wake County assists women and their children who are victims of domestic violence. They also have a thrift store, Pass It on Too, which supports the organization.

HandMeUps Thrift Store has a mission to create jobs for people with autism and other developmental disabilities by teaching them skills needed to run a small business.


HandMeUps Thrift Store

The Bargain Box is operated by the Junior League of Raleigh and helps agencies and non-profits that assist families in need in Wake County.


The Green Chair Project helps low-income individuals and families furnish their homes.

I would suggest calling the charities first and telling them what you plan to drop off. Of course, these are only a few non-profits in the area. If you have you have a favorite donation center, share a comment in this blog. I would love to hear about it.

Leah Friedman is a mother of two and a professional organizer, who owns Raleigh Green Gables. She works with clients to help them clear the space to be in deeper relationships with themselves, their loves and their lives. And, yes, she lives what she preaches at home with a clean playroom, a clothes closet organized by color and an empty attic. 

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