SAFE accepts new or gently used stuffed animals to be given to children in need. If the stuffed animals are gently used they need to be in 'like new' condition and free of any tears, stains or odors. We accept any size stuffed animal as well as many of the popular brands such as Beanie Babies, Webkins and Build-A-Bear. We also will accept character stuffed animals such as Mickey Mouse.
WE DO NOT accept battery-operated stuffed animals, toys or dolls.
Also, we accept new and gently used books, coloring books, crayons, blankets, children's clothes, and baby-related items.
If you would like more information about where to donate your stuffed animals, please visit ourwhere to donatepage. Thank you so much for wanting to help and sticking to these guidelines.
We appreciate your help!
Check out this great video from our Northern California chapter member Natalie about a recent drive that was done by herself and a local girl scout troop!
Thank you so much for visiting our site!
Stuffed Animals For Emergencies (SAFE) is a 19-year-old non-profit organization run completely by volunteers (we call them chapter members). We collect various items such as stuffed animals, books, coloring books, crayons, blankets, children's clothes, and baby-related items to benefit children during emergency situations such as fires, illness, accidents, neglect, abuse, homelessness and even weather emergencies. We clean the donations and then give them to fire and police departments, children's organizations, churches, and homeless shelters just to name a few. We accept new and gently used items for donation. This is a great way to reuse and recycle items that so many people have in their homes and just don't know what to do with. Your donation can really make a difference for a child when they need it most!
Currently we have 17 chapters throughout the United States. Please visit ourwhere to donatepage to find a chapter in your area or one of our many partners we work with in order to donate.
Thank you again for visiting our site and if you have any further questions please 'Contact Us' for more info!
Would your organization like a donation from SAFE?
Does your organization come into contact with children in emergency or traumatic situations?
SAFE would love to help!
Our service is completely FREE.
Please contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can add you to our network of partners!
Would your school or group be interested in hosting a stuffed animal drive for SAFE?
Please visit our Stuffed Animal Drives page for more information on how to host one. Thanks so much for wanting to help!
Donate Your Stuffed Animals to our Military!
SAFE is currently working with AdoptaPlatoon to get stuffed animal donations to our troops overseas. It may seem like a very small gesture but your donation can actually protect our troops while at war. Please see this letter below from a soldier in Ohio who was writing to his parents about how donations of stuffed animals have really helped them:
Just wanted to write to you and tell you another story about an experience we had over here. As you know, I asked for toys for the Iraqi children over here and several Americans send them over by the box. On each patrol through the city, we take as many toys as will fit in our pockets and hand them out as we can. The kids take the toys and run to show them off as if they were worth a million bucks. We are as friendly as we can be to everyone we see, but especially so with the kids. Most of them don't have any idea what is going on and are completely innocent of this.
On one such patrol, the lead security vehicle stopped in the middle of the street. This is not normal and is very unsafe, so the following vehicles began to inquire over the radio. The lead vehicle reported a little girl sitting in the road and said she would not budge. The command vehicle told the lead vehicle to simply go around her and to be kind as they did. The street was wide enough to allow this maneuver and so they waved to her as they drove around.
As the vehicles went around her, a marine soon saw her sitting there and in her arms she was clutching a little beanie baby bear that he had handed her a few patrols back. Feeling an immediate connection to the girl, the marine radioed that they were going to stop. The rest of the convoy paused and the marine got out to make sure she was okay. The little girl looked scared and concerned, but there was a warmth in her eyes toward him. As he knelt down to talk to her, she moved over and pointed to a mine in the road.
Immediately a cordon was set as the Marine convoy assumed a defensive posture around the site. The mine was destroyed in place.
As you can see your donation of stuffed animals to our troops can really make a difference. If you are interested in donating to AdoptaPlatoon please see our where to donate page listed under Texas for more information. Thanks so much for wanting to help SAFE and our military!
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