Children make up 36 percent of the poor population in America. The National Poverty Center reports that in 2010, 16.4 million children, or 22 percent, were poor. But while some babies sit in dirty diapers and children don’t have a book to call their own, plenty of Americans have more than enough. In fact, lots of us have closets full of baby and kid stuff that we no longer need. Now is a great time to get rid of your unused children’s items and pass them on to a needy youngster.
Donate New Diapers Babies grow out of diapers fast, often leaving parents with unused leftovers. Donate those to HelpaMotherOut.org, an organization that says one in three families struggle to afford diapers.
Pass on Outgrown Baby Clothing
More than 57,000 pounds of baby clothes with an estimated value of $1.3 million has already been recycled into communities through Loved Twice. Donate gently-used baby wear to the charity and they’ll pass it on to needy children through hospitals, shelters and clinics.
Give Away Gear
Gear including bassinets, books and bottle warmers purchased within the last three years can all be given to Baby Buggy, a charity started by Jessica Seinfeld, wife of comedian Jerry Seinfeld. The non-profit has already distributed more than 5.6 million items to families in need throughout the US.
Contribute Old Books
Give kids in homeless shelters some much-needed reading material. Take the books that your kids no longer read and donate them to Sheltering Books, a charity that’s been collecting books for shelters since 2007.
Fulfill Local Needs
Many charities in your area will likely be glad to accept your unused baby and kids items. Plug in your zip code at donationtown.org and find a nearby non-profit in need. You can even schedule a free pickup for larger items and you’ll feel great knowing your unused belongings are helping someone right in your own community.
By Alison Storm
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