If you’re anything like us, Christmas toys are officially piled high in the playroom corner, likely to never be touched again. For some of these toys, that means it’s time to go!
Children naturally grow out of toys and everyone also runs out of space, there are many options throughout Cincinnati to re-purpose these toys and gift them to children who will love and care for them. If you’re looking for a place to donate new or gently used toys, you’re in luck! Here are 8 Places to Donate Toys in Cincinnati:
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Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
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.
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.
Ronald McDonald House Charities | Greater Cincinnati
Cincinnati’s Ronald McDonald House provides a home for critically ill children and their families while they get the life-saving medical care they need. With your help, Ronald McDonald House can take care of the essential items they need and give them a reason to smile. The items you donate to support the House make a difference to thousands of families every year. See how you can help 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.
Matthew 25: Ministries
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.
St. Vincent de Paul
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.
The Brighton Center
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.
The Play Library
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.
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. 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.