Where To Donate

Last updated August 26, 2010

Put your used baby things to good use! Here is a list of San Francisco charities (based on recommendations from GGMG moms) that would welcome your donations. Please make sure your items are clean and in good condition and have not been recalled.

Please note that many charities will not accept used toys (including stuffed animals), changing tables, playpens, cribs, bathtubs, bottles and breastpumps. It is always best to call before any donation to confirm the current needs.

A Home Away from Homelessness
Build confidence with homeless and formerly homeless families through educational, social, and recreational opportunities. Contact info@homeaway.org to confirm donation, please reference wish list below.
WISHLIST: www.homeaway.org/donate/wishlist

Bay Area Women's and Children's Center
Services for families, children, women, esp. in Tenderloin Please call in advance to arrange a drop off time and confirm items to donate. They will accept women's and baby/children's clothing and small household items (ie books, silverware). (415) 474-2400, 318 Leavenworth www.bawcc.org

Community Thrift
Non-profit thrift store, those who donate can choose the charity from which the proceeds of their donation will benefit. Donations accepted 10am-5pm every day, 623 Valencia Street. Donation Guidelines: www.communitythriftsf.org/donate

Compass Community Services
Homeless shelter, family resource center, early childhood education/childcare, and other services for families Needs: Diapers, travel sized toiletries, new socks and underwear for children & adults, arts & crafts supplies, canned and other non-perishable items.
WISH LIST: www.compass-sf.org/get-involved/donation-wishlist Please see website link for more information and for questions, contact them through a form available on their website: www.compass-sf.org 995 Market St.

Edgewood Center for Children and Families
The mission of Edgewood Center for Children and Families is to strengthen children, youth, families, and their communities through service, training, advocacy, and research. Contact Edgewood Donor Relations at 415-682-3200. 1801 Vicente Street
Wish List: www.edgewood.org/getinvolved/ways-to-give/inkind.html

Friends of the San Francisco Public Library
Advocates, fundraises, and provides critical support for the San Francisco Public Library and related literary and educational programs. Accepts books, and audio visual items as well as computer software, vintage posters, photos, postcards, etc. Please reference the donation guidelines: www.friendssfpl.org/?Book_Donations (415) 522-8600 438 Treat Avenue (between 17th and 18th Streets)

Help a Mother Out
Dedicated to increasing access to diapers for families in need. Diaper "bank" is located in San Francisco and provides diapers to over 22 agencies in the Bay Area. Drop off location for diapers and wipes: Natural Resources (1367 Valencia Street) www.helpamotherout.org

Holy Family Day Home
Provides affordable, high-quality early educational childcare in a stable and nurturing environment. Needs range from diapers, toys & educational supplies, clothes, dry goods/non perishable items. Drop off times are between 10am-3pm M-F, they ask to call ahead to confirm. WISH LIST: www.holyfamilydayhome.org/getinvolved/wishlist.html 299 Dolores Street, 415-861-5361

Homeless Prenatal Program
Family resource center focused on breaking the cycle of childhood poverty. Offers services focused on housing, prenatal and parenting support, child development, family finances and stability, access to technology, domestic violence and substance abuse, and emergency support of basic needs. WISH LIST: www.homelessprenatal.org/donate/wishlist 2500 18th St. at Potrero (415) 546-6756

Family House
Home away from home for families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses by providing physical comfort and emotional support, free from financial concerns. Needs are mainly household and food items. Contact Paul Goold (415) 476-8321 or Jon Hodo (415) 514-6660 to discuss or arrange donation.
WISH LIST: www.familyhouseinc.org/wish-list.shtml

Leah's Pantry
San Francisco-based organization that runs culturally competent cooking and nutrition workshops for low-income and homeless families, kids, and seniors. In need of blenders, coffee grinders, knives, Tupperware, paper and plastic goods, mixing bowls and oven mitts. Contact info@leahspantrysf.org , Website: www.leahspantrysf.org

Princess Project
Collects new and nearly new formal dresses and accessories from women, girls and companies, and distributes them free of charge to Bay Area girls at fun-filled events in the spring. Please contact giveadress@princessproject.org

Project Night Night
Donates bags with a security blanket, book, and stuffed animal to homeless children in shelters. Drop off locations are Hotel del Sol (3100 Webster Street), and Peekadoodle Kidsclub (900 North Point Street, Suite F100). Please reference donation guidelines: www.projectnightnight.org/DonateItems.html

Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Services (ARC)
Provides in-residence rehabilitation program with a focus on basic necessities. Donations needed: children's , men's and women's clothing, household items, books. Please reference donation information: http://sanfrancisco.satruck.org/donate-goods Call 800-95-TRUCK to arrange for pickup. Dropoff locations are on website.

SF Child Abuse Prevention Center
Dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect, and the promotion of healthy families and mental health of children, offers a 24-hour phone line. Please call to discuss donations and make arrangements for drop off. (415) 668-0494 (ask for playroom) 1757 Waller at Haight

St. Anthony's Foundation
Feed, heal, shelter, clothe and lift the spirits of those in need. Food donations: fresh fruit, vegetables, canned and dried goods can be dropped off at 150 Golden Gate Avenue M-F from 8.30am-5pm. Clothing donations: clean, like-new clothing, stuffed animals, new children's toys, strollers can be dropped off at 101 8th Street (cross Mission), M-F 8am-4:15pm. Pickup service is available for donations of 5 bags or more within city limits. Call (415) 592-2826 for more information or (415) 241-2600 for questions. Clothing donation guidelines: www.stanthonysf.org/?q=donate/donate-clothes

The Arc of San Francisco
The Arc of San Francisco provides services and advocacy for those with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and those with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in San Francisco. Truck curbside pickup available. Please reference the website link for donation item guidelines and contact information. http://thearcsf.org/household-recycling-pick-up/