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hi does anyone know where i can donate used toys (good condition) i dont really want to send them to a charity shop i would

prefer they went to children who wont be recieving anything this christmas  :(  most places want new boxed toys  :-\  but it just

seems a shame when i have perfectly good used toys  :)
 

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I'd like to know that too as i need to clear out all the 'baby' toys before xmas!
 

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I don't know if this helps you both. What about your local childrens ward?
We have gave stuff to our before

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How about local toy libraries?  Some Surestart centres have them.  Come to that, some Surestart centres might appreciaste them to add to their stocks.

You may find soft toys difficult to pass on, because of hygiene issues, but anything hard can be wiped or washed before use.

I'm collecting a loft-full of stuff and have also been wondering about giving away outgrown toys, but as usual, I haven't actually got round to doing anything about it...

Another thought - women's aid refuges for victims of domestic violence.  Women often have to flee with their children and can't take toys with them, so they will need toys for children in the refuges.

Good luck
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EG I love the idea of the refuge  ^hugme^ ^hugme^


Kellix I tried to give things to the childrens ward but unless they were brand new & packaged they said they couldnt take them due to germ risk.
 

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thanks girls i too like the idea of the womens fefuge will look into that thanks
 

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Stally it was 6yr ago I gave to them. There up there on hygine now. It never enterd my head lol

The refuge sounds like a great idea

Kelli
 

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Oooh yes will see if i can find a local refuge - good idea. :)
 

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What about a local centre which works with refugees?

I gave away some stuff on freecycle as I wanted them to go to someone who really needed it and couldn't afford to buy it - instead it seemed to be people who just didn't want to pay for things themselves :-\

If you are in London there are a chain of charity shops (Fara) which have specialist kids charity shops, where the proceeds go to orphaned and abandoned children in Romania - they put decent (although obviously v. cheap compared to new) prices on things so at least there should be a reasonable amount of money going to the children.
 

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I used to work in a Women's refuge and we used to rely heavily on donations, especially at Xmas time, as we would try and give a gift to each woman and their child/ren. It's often hard to find local refuge's due to them having to be in a secret and safe place and often people miss out on donating to them because of this, but I remember I used to be very willing to pick up donations from anyone/anywhere :), if you need help locating a local refuge please look on their website http://www.womensaid.org.uk/azrefuges.asp?section=00010001000800060002&region_code=&x=7&y=1
 

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thanks for that baby2 ive been finding it hard to find one will look on the website
 

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to be honest as a children's nurse, sometimes the donations that are given to children's ward are unable to be used which is  a shame, due to infection control issues, so no soft toys/books etc the only thing that the play specialist would accept were DVD's/CD, and plastic toys that could be scrubbed. Also League of Friends/local shops etc do donate toys is the staff apporach them for a Xmas toy.

sometimes other toys would be placed in A+E on a night time as they get stolen en mass on a daily basis unfortunately, so out of hours they leave the minimum out or just what they don't mind going missing.

I still find it incredible the amount of medical equipment, toys, TV's, printers, clocks that get stolen off a children's ward

The refuge sounds like a good option and gratefully received

 

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I've worked with health visitors who have given needy families stuff- one family in particualr as all the child had to play with was the tv remote  :(  Maybe your hv can guide you x
 
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