Where to donate used baby clothes and equipment

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Where to donate used baby clothes and equipment

Postby clare74 » Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:24 am

I recently asked the most excellent Streatham Mums Network on FB where I could donate used baby clothes and equipment as I don't really want to take it to a charity shop (see recent FARA debate!) but did want to make sure it went to somewhere it's valued. Anyway, I got so many great responses, I thought I'd share them here. By virtue of where I asked, it is naturally more the Streatham side of Nappy Valley, so if you know of other outlets who'd appreciate donations of used but good condition items, perhaps you could add them to the conversation?

Suzette Spencer, health visitor based at Gracefield Gardens, ships stuff to a hospital in Jamaica. Please drop donations at reception.

Kathleen works at a charity supporting pregnant and young mums, and is always looking for donations. Please email fred.garner@gmail.com and she can collect.

Food banks also accept non-food items. The Norwood one was mentioned (based at St Luke's) but I'm sure all others do too.

TRUST in Streatham which supports vulnerable women - http://www.trust-london.com.
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Postby erinisle22 » Thu Oct 31, 2013 1:56 pm

Great list. The Wimbledon Guild sometimes post asking for baby clothes and equipment for local families in need on the Wimbledon and Wandsworth Facebook page too. Daniela posted this on the page this week:

The Wimbledon Guild supports local families, one such family is in need of items for a newborn baby boy - clothing, bedding, bottles, towels, a baby bath, and a cot.
If you have any items you can donate, please drop them by The Wimbledon Guild. (30-32 Worple Road, Wimbledon SW19 4EF). Many thanks - Daniela

http://www.wimbledonguild.co.uk
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Re: Where to donate used baby clothes and equipment

Postby supergirl » Thu Oct 31, 2013 2:14 pm

Great sharing thanks!

Would they accept toys in good condition and working but no packaging as well?
Xmas is coming and part of our tradition is that we ask our children to give one bag of toys each so because of last year failure (they all wanted new toys in packaging abd hospitals only want plastic ones) i am still on the search...

I would like a place where i can take my kids so they give and are part of it.

Thanks a lot.
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Re: Where to donate used baby clothes and equipment

Postby musicmum » Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:39 pm

What an excellent idea. I'd be also interested to hear of places taking used toys.

Thank you very much for starting the thread.
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Re: Where to donate used baby clothes and equipment

Postby shellbell83 » Fri Nov 01, 2013 12:04 am

This is a great thread..

Last year i started a collection from friends and family of toys (new) to give to a charity for children... I delievered them to a mum and child shelter in morden and i didnt even get a thank you.. There was over 100 presents there, all brand new... I just hope the children enjoyed them

This year i am looking for somewhere which will accept and really appreciate toys all new for children that dont get much, it makes me sad thinking about children with nothing to open on Christmas morning.... Any ideas???

Also looking for places that will accept used but good condition baby/childrens clothes...

Many thanks
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Postby SFMC » Sat Nov 02, 2013 9:05 pm

Bumping this conversation in case anyone knows of or has other suggestions of local Wandsworth charities to donate baby clothes, equipment, toys to....
Would be great to be able to give such things directly to local families in need.
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Re: Where to donate used baby clothes and equipment

Postby AbbevilleMummy » Sat Nov 02, 2013 11:44 pm

Barnardos have teamed up with Argos to collect unwanted use toys to give to the needy for Christmas. You can just take them to your local Argos store.

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/ArgosProm ... change.htm
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Re: Where to donate used baby clothes and equipment

Postby lawrence » Sun Nov 03, 2013 1:34 am

Well im sure lots of families can do with new toys well used doesnt really matter,i find that school and nurserries make great use of them,safe schools money and extra equipment for children,i stopped giving mine to charity due to their rip off prizes..rather give somewhere where will be used wisely snd creative.
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Re: Where to donate used baby clothes and equipment

Postby Chanchipolli » Mon Nov 04, 2013 9:26 am

Another place that would happily receive donates is Wandsworth Refuge - if interested send me a private message and I can pass on contact details. But they are always grateful of baby/kids clothes, toys equipment etc as well as clothes for the mums
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Re: Where to donate used baby clothes and equipment

Postby secondtimer » Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:13 am

In a similar vein, would any of the places mentioned have use for a couple of IKEA sofas? We thought we could give them to the BHF but they don't have fire labels (can't think why not as they are only 3 years old and we have never removed them!?)


They are Karlstad brand, chocolate in colour, good condition and quite comfortable! Seems a shame to have to take them to the dump?
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Re: Where to donate used baby clothes and equipment

Postby jafina » Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:46 am

Not relevant to used toys but if you want to help children at Christmas you could buy them exactly what they need via Kids Company, who have a gift list with John Lewis. You can purchase toys / bedding / clothes etc.... And the gifts will be distributed by Kids Company to vulnerable inner city children.

I am not sure they have their full Christmas list up yet, but they do have some items listed under gift list 539419 on the John Lewis website. They have items starting at just a few pounds. Instead of buying your kids that extra gift, maybe buy one of these instead!

just a thought! :D
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Re: Where to donate used baby clothes and equipment

Postby stmarkschurch » Mon Nov 04, 2013 3:11 pm

Dear nappyvalleynet users,

Wonderful to see so many great ideas for helping others at Christmas.

At St Mark's on Battersea Rise we'll be hosting a Christmas lunch for anyone parenting alone, as well as clients from our free debt counselling service, on 8 December. Many of these families are in desperate financial straits, and we would welcome gifts of good quality, used toys to offer them to enjoy at Christmas.

Please bring anything you might like to give to the reception on Boutflower Road, marked FAO Jo Mead (Cheer/CAP Lunch).

Many thanks!
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Re: Where to donate used baby clothes and equipment

Postby Bonnijump » Mon Nov 04, 2013 3:44 pm

Hi Mums and Dads,

If you have used baby cloths and blankets, please bring them to my house or if it's more I'm also happy to collect them. I'll send them to a my friend and her birth centre in South Africa.

Busfare Babies is a birth centre run by Karen Clark and located in Eastern Cape, South Africa. It offers safe birth for rural women. The woman using her birth centre have very basic facilities and when they arrive in labour they don't even have knickers or sanitary pads. There is a high rate of neonatal death.

Access to medical facilities in pregnancy and birth is very difficult. Although ambulances do travel to these areas, there can be a 5-6 hour wait for the ambulance to arrive. Such long waiting intervals are a danger to mother and baby at birth.

Because 40 % are HIV positive, Busfare Babies encourages HIV screening for all pregnant women, encourages ARV treatment in pregnancy and appropriate treatment during labor and birth. In the post natal period, mothers and babies are referred back into the existing systems for continued ARV treatment.

http://busfarebabies.blogspot.co.uk

If you want to help please contact me

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Wimbledon Guild - a little short sighted?

Postby Chanchipolli » Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:41 am

I was looking to donate clothes - adult & children - as we are moving house. I followed the thread below and contacted the Wimbledon Guild.

They only pick up in SW19 so I contact them via email explaining that I was about 0.5 miles from SW19 (my new postcode) as I live just off the Earlsfield Road and would they still pick up as I have really good quality clothes.

After 3 phone calls and 2 messages - 4 days later I received an email saying "Thanks for your email but we only operate in SW19"

Does anyone else think this is a little short sighted. I recognise everyone has to have limits on pick up zones etc but given I outlined this in my original email and we are so close I thought they would make a suggestion.

Sorry for the rant!
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Re: Where to donate used baby clothes and equipment

Postby shellbell83 » Tue Dec 10, 2013 2:01 pm

I have collected alot of brand new toys... Any ideas where I can.donate? Thank.you
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