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Subject: Donating Beanie Babies
Date Posted: 6/23/2011 1:12 PM ET
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My mother and I are cleaning out our house and we have several huge boxes of Beanie Babies, from the years when my mother bought every new one that came out because she (like everyone else who ever collected Beanie Babies) thought they might be worth something some day. Now, they're not even going for a buck a Beanie on eBay.

We want to donate our collection of Beanie Babies to some place that could actually put them to use. We thought about a children's hospital at first but they only take new toys. Our Beanies are in good condition but they've been stored away in dusty attic spaces for years so a hospital can't take a chance on any germs or anything like that that could make the kids sicker.

Does anyone have any idea what we could do with them? Our Beanies are all in really good condition, never been played with, most with plastic coverings protecting their tags. We want them to go somewhere that they might actually be put to use and loved, instead of sitting in storage any longer. Any suggestions you might have would be greatly appriciated.

Subject: thoughts about Beanie Babies
Date Posted: 6/23/2011 1:17 PM ET
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You might look for a shelter for abused women, many of whom come to the shelter with children.  Sometimes local law enforcement agencies keep teddy bears and other stuffed animals in their trunks to give to children who are involved in accidents, crimes, etc.  The Lions club in our area does a big giveaway of toys, etc. at Christmas so they might be a possibility too.  Good luck and blessings!  I hope you make many children happy!

 

Ginnie

Date Posted: 6/23/2011 3:56 PM ET
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At one time different troops on www.anysoldier.com were looking for small toys to give to the children in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Date Posted: 6/24/2011 1:57 AM ET
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I second the idea about local law enforcement or ambulances.  Try a local school. Many school would love something like that for carnival or other prizes for students. I know our school would love them. We pass out prizes everyday for good behavior and with budget cuts it gets harder and harder to find things and not spend money to do it. I guantee they would all find a home! Jean

Date Posted: 6/24/2011 4:47 AM ET
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I've also heard about the soldiers overseas looking to collect small stuffed animals to give to children they encounter over there.   I've also worked with the Junior League and they used to work with a domestic violence center where they collected stuffed animals to give to the children that came in for counseling or who came in with their mothers.

Date Posted: 6/24/2011 2:11 PM ET
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womans shelter.........or the childrens shelter..........

 

Date Posted: 6/26/2011 2:15 AM ET
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I donated 4 huge garbage bags(clean!) to a local women's shelter - I took them to the thrift store and told the guy to put them in the pile to go to the shelter(I called first and woman who answered told me they could give them to the kids and to be sure to tell them it goes in the pile for the center itself and not the sale stuff) I loved these things adn they were fun to collect but honestly most were in boxes in the closet for 10 years! I felt much better knowing kids could be playing with them.

I had calle dthe local fire/police dept and she told me to try the shelter because they had trunks full of them already and weren't a big enough area to need more.

Date Posted: 7/3/2011 5:08 PM ET
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Toys for Tots is a US Marines program which hands out toys at Christmas.  Samaritan's Purse does shoeboxes for kids and while they want the boxes to include some practical items, they also want each box to have something fun in it.

Subject: beanies
Date Posted: 7/4/2011 11:55 PM ET
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I live in a small community in North East Texas. Each year the town host a Christmas in the park. They have a volunteer Santa Clause. The town collects stuffed animals during the year to hand out to the children for Christmas. These do not have to be new. Most of these children are poor. No child is ever turned away. I know there are children there from surrounding community also. As my little one out grows his stuffed animals I save them to be handed out at Christmas. I know they can use all the help they can get. Last year there were not a lot of stuffed animals. Even if you just donate a few it would help the cause tremendously. If you are interested please pm me and I will get you the info you need to send them...This is a wonderful thing you are doing and I hope they find their way to children in need....olieann

Subject: Beanies
Date Posted: 7/9/2011 4:37 PM ET
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I just went through my beanie collection and other stuffed animals. Sold a few at yard sale. There was a lady who bought 20 of them (I did a special price for her), she sends them to underpriveledged children overseas through her church I believe. The rest of my stuffed animals I am donating to our local County Senior Citizen Home. My cousin works there and they use them as bingo prizes or just give them to the residents. Residents are their until they pass away. They enjoy holding something and it comforts them. Our local shelters won't take them,even after telling them they are new and were stored in plastic bins, they want nothing to do with them. Which is a shame for the kids.Hope this helps.....Gloria

Date Posted: 7/10/2011 7:49 AM ET
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My local hospital will take stuffed animals to give children who have to make a visit to the ER, but are not admitted.  In that case, they don't have to be new.  Our fire department takes them too.

Delilah - ,
Date Posted: 7/16/2011 2:09 AM ET
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I send any that I find over with Operation Christmas Child in the shoeboxes that are sent for presents to children.

 

It is a wonderful organization that send shoebox presents to children all over the world and help bring the word of God to them. I have read so many stories of children that keep their stuffed animals they receive for years because it is the only present they ever got. 

 

That is always an option. smiley

Date Posted: 7/16/2011 9:40 PM ET
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Our church has a festival each year, and there is a doll wheel, where each time the wheel is spun, someone wins a dool. We collect dolls and stuffed animals year-round for this, and clean them up, make dresses, etc. what ever is appropiate for the doll/stuffed critter.

Maybe you could find a place in your area who does this, or you can send them to me for our church :-)

I hope you find a great place where they can be well-loved.

Date Posted: 7/18/2011 1:02 PM ET
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Thanks for all the suggestions, my friends. I've been sharing them with my mother and we are searching for a new home for our Beanies.

If you have any more suggestions, please pass them my way via comment on this thread or a PM.

Thanks to everyone!

Date Posted: 7/27/2011 5:13 PM ET
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Many people have asked if I can mail any of my Beanies to them for causes they support at home. Believe me when I say I wish I could mail them to where they are most needed but we have far too many Beanies in our collection and my mother was hoping to send it somewhere locally, somewhere we can drive to. Mailing out our whole Beanie collection would empty our wallets in a heartbeat.

So, I'm happy to take more suggestions but I have to ask for suggestions that don't involve mailing to another member (unless you are willing to help with the price of mailing Beanies with either PayPal money or PBS credits, as some have offered).

Thanks everyone,

~E



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