If you feel like you’re living in a zoo with all the stuffed animals in your home, don’t throw them away unless they are hopelessly worn. Instead of clogging up landfills, give the cuddly creatures a second life and put a smile on the faces of some children. Donate your stuffed animals to organizations such as these:
Local Police or Fire Department
Some local law enforcement agencies will take donations of new and gently used stuffed animals to calm children in times of crisis. Check with your local departments to see if they accept donations.
Local Homeless and Women’s Shelters
Shelters that house women and children try to provide as much comfort and support as possible in this transitional time. Many will accept new and gently used stuffed animals to hand out to children who pass through their doors.
Don’t forget to check with gospel missions, churches, day cares and other community organizations that are in contact with young or scared children in your area.
If the toy is still in its original packaging some retailers, particularly larger ones, may be open to taking it off your hand at a reduced rate.