Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Kids Service Idea - Donating Toys

Would you like to teach your kids to serve, while de-cluttering your house? Then I have an idea for you! 

I have your attention now, right?  Yeah, that's what I thought...  :)

I heard years ago that some police stations & fire departments accept gently used stuffed animal donations.  They give these stuffed animals to the children that they are called to help.  These stuffed animals bring comfort to kids in a time of fear.  In extreme cases their homes & all of their possessions have just been turned to ash, so if the firemen have a donated stuffed animal to give to the child, it gives them a sense of hope & comfort.

Toddler Girl Donating Toy Dog for Service Project

I figured this would be a quick, easy & inexpensive community service project for me to do with my toddler.  I explained to her what the kids needed & how it would make them happy, then we headed to the toy room.  She was all in.  I was impressed with how giving Paige was.  You can read here about how she taught me a thing or two about service & I'm so proud of her.  


So, once the toys were collected, we bagged them up & took them to the fire department.  Most of the firemen were training right outside of the department, so we caught one & told him that Paige wanted to donate some stuffed animals.  They were extremely grateful, kind & cute with Paige.  If you're lucky, maybe your child will get a fireman hat or maybe even a private tour if they're available! 

Donate your stuffed animals to firemen

Don't forget to take your camera.  If you take any pictures, your child will love to look at them & it will be great to remind your child how much they helped other kids.  I enjoyed telling her for the next couple of days how proud I was of her for helping 15 kids.  

Donate your gently used stuffed animals

This is a project that can take you 15 minutes or, if you'd like to organize a toy drive, it could be done in a few weeks.

Now that my friends, is an easy way to serve with your child AND get your home less cluttered.  


Quick Tip: Be sure to call your local fire & police departments before hand.  Not all departments accept them, but if they don't they can most likely point you in the right direction.  The only request our fire department had was that I bring them in bags. 

Toy Donation Checklist

There are many, many other places you can donate gently used toys:
  • Local Children’s Hospital
  • Orphanage 
  • Salvation Army
  • Goodwill
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Local Women’s Shelters
  • Homeless Shelters
  • Doctor’s Office
  • Daycare Center
  • Local Church Nursery

I always wanted to find ways to include my toddler in community service projects, but for the longest time I couldn't think of any ideas.  Not to mention any ideas that I had time, money & energy for.  One day I started brainstorming ideas & the thoughts haven't stopped coming.  Click here to see more ideas.  

Do you have any other community service project ideas to do with kids?  Share them below!  

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  1. That is a great tool to teach your kids...serving and helping others.

    1. Thanks! We had a lot of fun with it & I'm excited to share how she taught me during this service project. :)

  2. This is such a good idea! And goodness knows we have too many stuffed animals as it is. We might just do this next weekend...thanks for the idea! :)

    1. That would be great... I'd love to hear about it after you do it!

  3. I love this! Thank you so much for sharing!
    Something else I recently discovered and never gave much thought to... when your kids outgrow their books, the local libraries are more than happy to take them in as donations.
    We have a lot of stuffed animals; I'll be making a pit stop to the local fire station very soon!

    1. Thank you so much for telling me that! I'm going to have to remember that one!

  4. that's a really neat idea, I had never thought of that. And I like the library book idea Sara had too! Do you live in the Salt Lake City area? I lived there for a year once, very different than my less than 1000 town now!

    1. Thanks for your comment! Yeah, I really like Sara's idea, too! Yep, we live in Salt Lake City, born & raised!

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    1. Thank you! :) We really had fun doing it, & I'm excited to share how she taught me during this service project.

  6. What a great idea. I want to remember it for our Free Random Acts of Kindness Month. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. That would be great! Do you have a blog that you post stuff like that on? If so, it would be one I'd really enjoy! Send a link my way!


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