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#1 CallMeFeral

Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:28 PM

Not sure where to post this... but... yeah.

I'm a massive hoarder, and I need to do a cleanup. I HATE wastage and find it easier to discard if it's going to a good home, rather than binning things.
So clothes I have a couple of friends with younger kids, the rest goes in a big bag to Smith family (or similar bin) or freecycle.

But... toys? I've got no idea. Is there a smith family equivalent? I don't want to have to list them individually on freecycle...

#2 Unatheowl

Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:32 PM

I just take them to salvos/vinnies.  You can donate anything there, including furniture.  I also give some to our daycare on occasion.

#3 Batmansunderpants

Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:34 PM

The children's ward of your local hospital?

#4 SNT349

Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:34 PM

What about a local playgroup?

#5 lynneyours

Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:35 PM

OP - you could call the local women's refuge number.  They will either collect or organise to meet you somewhere, as the location is secret, and sadly - quite a few domestic violence incidents at Christmas time have women and children heading to shelters with not many possessions.

Otherwise, put them all on the bed together, take a photo, and list on ebay or gumtree as a bundle of toys.

#6 lynneyours

Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:36 PM

QUOTE (Miss Cookie @ 21/12/2012, 09:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The children's ward of your local hospital?


We just organised a collection and donated 355 toys to the Children's in Melbourne.  They have rules on what you can donate, and specify not second hand.  see here

#7 Daisy Goat

Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:55 PM

Some hospitals take them happily. PMH in Perth is not one of them.

But Child care centres welcome them and Community kindergartens in WA are extremely grateful for them


#8 CallMeFeral

Posted 21 December 2012 - 09:13 PM

Thanks for the ideas folks!
Wow... so many worthy causes... I know this will sound weird but I will be so much more able to get rid of relatively 'good' stuff without stressing, if there is a good cause it's going to.

And daycare - gosh I didn't even think of that!

#9 Lyn86

Posted 21 December 2012 - 09:14 PM

A local toy library? I know ours happily accepts second hand toys!




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