Where to Donate Stuffed Animals in NYC?

Giving Comfort and Joy

By Anu Kapur, Publisher, Lower Manhattan Macaroni KID & Upper West Side Macaroni KID April 28, 2024

Stuffed animals hold a special place in many people's hearts. Whether they are cherished childhood companions or bring smiles to those in need, these soft toys can make a big difference in brightening someone's day. If you have gently used stuffed animals that you would like to donate, some wonderful organizations and locations would greatly benefit from your generosity.

Local Charities and Organizations

Stuffed Animals for Emergencies (SAFE)

SAFE is a volunteer-driven organization that collects and distributes stuffed animals to children in traumatic or emergency situations. They accept new or gently used stuffed animals and distribute them to local fire departments, police stations, hospitals, and other agencies that work directly with children in crisis situations. Your donation can provide comfort to a child during a difficult time.


Goodwill has several locations across NYC that accept donations of stuffed animals. These donations help fund programs that assist individuals facing challenges in finding employment.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army operates thrift stores throughout the city where donations of stuffed animals are welcomed. The proceeds from sales go towards supporting community programs and services.

Online Platforms for Donations


Freecycle is an online platform where individuals can post items they wish to donate, including stuffed animals. Members can connect with those in need within their local community and arrange for the donation to be picked up or dropped off.


The donateNYC website and mobile app serve as a resource for New Yorkers looking to donate goods, including stuffed animals. Users can search for nearby donation centers and find information on the types of items accepted.

How to Donate

If you're considering donating stuffed animals to any of these organizations or locations, it's always a good idea to check their specific donation guidelines and any restrictions they may have regarding the condition of the toys they accept. Many organizations prefer clean and gently used stuffed animals that are free from damage. 

By donating your stuffed animals to these organizations, you are not only decluttering your home but also spreading joy and comfort to children and families who need it most. Your act of kindness can make a world of difference in someone's life.

Additional Donation Tips:

  • Ensure that your stuffed animals are clean and in good condition before donating.
  • Contact the organization or location directly for specific donation instructions and drop-off details.
  • Consider organizing a stuffed animal drive with friends, family, or coworkers to collect even more donations for these worthy causes.
  • Together, we can make a positive impact by giving the gift of warmth, comfort, and companionship through the simple act of donating stuffed animals.