It’s the time of year when you are likely made aware of just how many toys reside in your house. During the holidays, your children receive new toys and if you’re anything like me, that means some of the ones they already have, must go. Children naturally grow out of toys and everyone also runs out of space, and there are many options throughout Cincinnati to repurpose these toys and gift them to children who will love and care for them. If your child receives duplicates of something, it’s also a great opportunity to regift the extra, new toys to those in need. And don’t forget about these donation sites throughout the rest of the year! Everyone thinks to donate toys at Christmastime, but these items are desperately needed all year long.
If you’re looking for a place in Cincinnati to donate new or gently used toys, here are 8 places that will happily accept your generosity.
Have you heard of The Play Library in OTR? It’s exactly what it sounds like…a library of toys! You can go and check out new or gently used toys for a period of time and the space itself is perfectly whimsical. They are always accepting donations of new and gently used toys to add to their collection and you can also donate a membership to a family in need. For more information, visit their website here.
Happen Inc. is an innovative non-profit that brings families together for a creative experience. Happen’s Toy Lab is a one-of-a-kind, wacky laboratory where guests create their own unique toy creations using pieces and parts of old and broken toys donated by members of the community. You can donate your used (even broken!) toys here and who knows what new creations will be made?! For more information, visit their website here.
Of course Cincinnati’s amazing Children’s Hospital is a great option for donating those new toys that you’d like to gift to a child in need. They have a great need during the holidays, but also collect new toys and other items year round. For more information, visit their website here.
St. Vincent de Paul provides hope for those in our city who often feel hopeless. What a wonderful cause to donate the toys that your children have enjoyed and now wish for other children to love, as well. You can even call them to schedule a pick up at your home or visit one of the 7 area locations. For more information, visit their website here.
Matthew 25 Ministries is a special organization that redistributes donations to “the poorest of the poor and disaster victims in the United States and around the world.” They step in when people are in unimaginable situations. They accept both new and used toys and other donations all year long. For more information, visit their website here.
This important organization assists young cancer patients and their families in a variety of areas. They are always in need of donations – items, monetary, and time related and you can see a list of their most urgent needs in the link provided. For more information, visit their website here.
The Brighton Center in Newport provides a community of support for those in need. They are always accepting donations and also keep in mind that they can also use craft supplies, clothing, and other everyday items that you may be looking to donate, along with toys. For more information, visit their website here.
Hope’s Closet is a nonprofit in Hamilton that enriches the lives of families who are impacted in some way by children’s services. While their biggest need is financial support, they also accept donations for a number of their missions, including toys. For more information, visit their website here.
This time of year provides so many opportunities to teach our children about the power of giving. And keep in mind that these places all have guidelines when it comes to donations, so simply follow the links provided for all of the information to decide which opportunity is best for your family.
A native Cincinnatian, Andrea has experienced life in all four corners of this city. After growing up on the west side, she headed north to attend Miami University, then moved east to Hyde Park and now lives in Northern Kentucky with her family.
When she’s not playing trains and doing the “hot dog dance” as a stay-at-home mom to her two toddlers, Andrea is busy writing for Cincinnati (and, ahem, Kentucky!) publications and brainstorming ideas for her next children’s book! With a newfound passion for fitness and overall health, she spends a lot of time at her family gym and loves to play outside.
Andrea worked in education for several years and has a special love for children’s literature. She loves showing her children all our city has to offer and enjoys sharing her finds with other parents. Her favorite spots include the Cincinnati Zoo (although she steers clear of the bird house), her local library and any playground.