Riding on the shirt tails off Jenny’s post last week…I wanted to give you all another option if it’s time to purge some of those furry little critters. As Jenny mentioned, Goodwill does accept stuffed animals for donation, I called to confirm this. There is one organization that I would love to bring to attention and that is SAFE.
SAFE is a nonprofit organization that accepts new or gently used stuffed animals for various situations. They are currently working with another nonprofit organization, Loving Hugs, to accept stuffed animals to send to Haiti. I think it is a fantastic idea! They obviously want comfort animals, nothing scary, etc. What a great way to recycle stuffed animals and keep them out of the landfills, as well as, help bring a smile to some of the Haitian children. They have experienced such devastation and this may bring something special their way.
Brandi Byers is the representative for North and South Carolina. You can contact her at email@example.com. She will respond with her address and shipping information. I was thinking it would be a great idea for a group of friends or your neighborhood to organize a day for donation and then ship to Brandi all at once.
Other options for donation may be the local police department or a women’s shelter. Although, I did call CMPD and Family Services and it appears neither accept used stuffed animals. Family Services will accept new items.
This is also a really good lesson and situation to discuss with your children. Go ahead, send Brandi an email and get those stuffed animals shipped out!
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Hey Charlotte smarties, we ran a couple of posts on this topic on Triad Smarty Pants a few weeks earlier, and our readers came up with a lot of good suggestions for donating stuffed animals now that Goodwill no longer accepts them. Click on the links below for additional ideas:http://triadsmartypants.blogspot.com/2010/01/how-and-where-to-donate-stuffed-animals.htmlhttp://triadsmartypants.blogspot.com/2010/01/smarty-alert-update-on-donating-stuffed.html
I would love to do this! My girls have sooooo many stuffed animals and I have dust mite allergies! Time to clean out. I will definitely check this out!
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New and gently loved stuffed animals can also be donated to The Teddy Bear Brigade. The Teddy Bear Brigade collects and sends these stuffed animals to children around the world facing tough situations such as war, poverty, abandonment and natural disaster. We are a partner of SAFE and are based in Central Virginia. For more info check out our website at http://www.TeddyBearBrigade.com.