Wondering where to donate used kids clothes (and toys) in Vancouver? Because, despite our best efforts to embrace minimalism, the battle to maintain a well-organized home with children is never-ending. After all, kids outgrow their clothes and toys like it’s a race. As a result, local online share groups and passing along those you-gotta-have-it items to friends and neighbours are two fantastic ways to create community and support new moms.
Finally, many families depend on non-profit societies for services and donated items throughout the Lower Mainland. Here are a few organizations that your family can support by donating gently used, good condition household items and baby gear. Let the decluttering begin!
BabyGoRound supports BC’s most vulnerable families in partnership with social service providers. They are a great cause that continually adjusts what items they are looking for based on the needs of the population they serve. So, be sure to take a look at their website before stopping by. Currently, they are accepting exesaucers, bumbos, carriers, monitors and more. However, please note that they have specific donation hours (Tues, Wed, and Thurs from 10 am-2 pm) and are unable to accept clothing items.
2 Loops is is a community volunteer-run initiative started by Budding Children’s Garden & Daycare Inc. We love their continued commitment to making sure Vancouver families’ usable children’s materials stay in circulation. 2 Loops accepts high quality, cleaned, sized and sorted clothes from 0 to 6 years, books, toys and accessories
Atira Women’s Resource Society is a non-profit organization committed to the work of ending violence against women and children. They accept donations of new or gently used items. Atira recommends contacting their downtown location by phone or email to see if they are currently taking your donations.
Pick up Services
If these locations are out of reach, Big Brothers will come to you if you schedule a pick-up. It’s a really convenient solution, and all they request is that you leave your donation on the front porch labelled for Big Brothers on the day of pick up by 7am.
Fabric and yarn
Lastly, do you have a craftroom full of unused fabrics or yarn/knitting supplies? Caring Hearts is a non-profit charitable organization that creates warm, handmade blankets and clothing for children in need throughout the Lower Mainland. Donate or volunteer your talent!
Other worthy places to donate
Although the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre doesn’t accept children’s clothing and toys, they do need women’s clothing, winter gear, footwear, purses, luggage (e.g. bags with wheels), books and magazines, as well as art and craft supplies. Take a look at their current donation wish list. Alternatively, the Lookout Housing & Health Society accepts furniture, household appliances, clothing, and sleeping bags.
Jeanine is a teacher, writer, and mom to two active and curious toddler boys. She has a passion for education and outdoor adventures. She loves to discover and share the best hidden parks, playgrounds, and beaches in Greater Vancouver. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find her and her boys playing in the dirt or peeking under logs in the forest.