Attention Boston Parents: Where to Donate Your Kid Stuff

Goodwill and Salvation Army stores around here haven’t accepted or sold children’s toys for a while because of concerns over lead. But recently, the Goodwill in Davis Square has abruptly stopped accepting or selling children’s clothing as well, due to some new government regulation that I don’t know much about, but plan to investigate, because I think it’s wack.

Anyway, I just called the Salvation Army store on Broadway in Winter Hill, and they are still accepting and selling kids’ clothing. I wonder if that’s going to last or not. Maybe I’ll go in and buy up everything good in sizes from 8 (Ilana’s current size) to 14, in case I’ll be forced to only shop at “real stores” in the near future.

You can donate both clothing and toys to Cradles to Crayons. They’re not affected by the new governmental regulation, because they don’t resell the stuff; they give it away to those who need it. They have dropoff locations in a bunch of locations by us, including Winchester and Woburn.

Also, I have just discovered that the Gateway Motel on Rt. 2 (near Alewife, by “Faces” and the bowling alley) is housing homeless families with children age 0-5, and they need stuff; they will take toys and kids’ clothes, as well as other things. Here are details as they sent them to me, only slightly edited:

Donations of Clothing/Toys: Please feel free to drop things off right at the motel front desk. The front desk person and any residents who are around will sort through them. Donations should be clean. No used underwear, bathing suits, cloth diapers, toys with small parts, large toys or any items that are really worn. The larger kids and the adults can use clothes and shoes, too, particularly larger women’s sizes. Definitely toys and games are needed. Donations of Books, esp. board-books. Microwaveable plates, mugs, bowls; flatware; paper plates, napkins, cups… storage containers, zip-lock bags, etc. Food: Anything microwaveable. WIC covers baby formula so that’s not needed. Canned food, non-perishable, baby food… WIC and food stamps don’t cover toiletries. Feminine hygiene products. Diapers. Wipes.

Desk: Before, During, After

This shows you what we can do in four sessions, or in this case, 13 hours. The picture doesn’t show the fact that we also organized all the drawers, including setting up a complete filing system (and going through all the old files that were in two of the drawers).

Paperwork is a very time-consuming thing to organize, but the results are so exciting! The beam on the client’s face was priceless.