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Ask Casa: Where Can I Donate My Stuffed Animals?


Hi Casa,

I need to do a major overhaul of my room, clean it, make it look pretty. I have all these old stuffed animals from my childhood and I don't know what to do with them. They're sooo dusty that I don't even think I can give them away. What can I do with them?

Thanks,
Tatsauce


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Hi Tatsauce,

Kudos to you for being such a conscientious cleaner and recycler! My first (not very serious) suggestion is to send your stuffed animals to the Campana Brothers, who could make them into another chair.


I also saw an intense, giant teddy bear sculpture called Pre-Loved at Oakland, CA, art gallery LoBot a few years ago, which had been fashioned out of 1,700 stuffed animals. You never know what artist in your city or area might be looking for some stuffed animals for an art project. Try posting an ad in the free section of Craigslist.

Perhaps the most gratifying and generous option is to donate your stuffed animals to Project Night Night, which will distribute the toys to children at homeless shelters. Another organization, Project Smile, donates stuffed animals to firefighters, police officers, and other officials to give to children involved in traumatic situations. You might want to also check with homeless shelters, foster care organizations, women's shelters, and other similar organizations in your community to see if you can donate your toys locally. Even if the toys are dusty, they can usually be cleaned and repaired.

As you can see, there are many options available. I know that whoever receives your stuffed animals will be very grateful indeed.

Good luck,
Casa

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