S.A.F.E. - Stuffed Animals For Emergencies, Inc.

Chapters
Welcome to our SAFE chapters page! 

Please scroll down below for a complete list of our
SAFE chapter members and SAFE contacts


This page lists all of our SAFE chapter members (which are our volunteers who collect the stuffed animals, clean them up and then donate them to organizations dealing with children in emotional or traumatic situations) and SAFE contacts which are partner nonprofits who accept donations of stuffed animals.  This page is designed to show you based on your location the closest place to donate.

If you are donating to one of our SAFE chapter members, any donations given DO NOT have to be cleaned up first (the SAFE chapter member will take care of that).  If you decide to donate to one of our SAFE contacts though, you will have to take care of cleaning the stuffed animals up yourself before donating.  Below is our guide to cleaning stuffed animals to show you how to do this:


SAFE Guide to Cleaning Stuffed Animals


Below you will find the listing alphabetically by state of our SAFE chapter members and SAFE contacts.  Please scroll down the page until you find the closest chapter member or contact to where you are located. 
Each chapter member listing will give the name and e-mail for the chapter, what items they accept for donation, whether they are currently accepting and any other special comments they have regarding their chapter.  If a chapter is currently not accepting there will be a date listed as to when they will start collecting again.  A lot of chapters get bombarded by donations at once and need time to clean and distribute them and other chapters only collect certain times of the year.  Also, since we are an all volunteer group, sometimes things happen in their lives and a SAFE chapter will need to close or be put on hold.  So please take these things into consideration as to why some chapters may not be currently accepting.  You can either click on the e-mail itself or cut and paste their e-mail address into a new e-mail.  Just send them a quick note letting them know you are interested in donating.  Please give the chapter members a week to respond to your e-mail.  The chapter members are a great group of people who are volunteering their time to collect, clean and distribute these stuffed animals and other items and they, like you, have busy lives so if you could please be patient with them for at least a week that would be greatly appreciated.  If you do not hear back from them within a week, please contact Jennifer Alloy, the National Director of SAFE at help@safe-inc.org.

Also, our chapter members are entirely volunteer so they are not obligated in anyway to pick up donations.  If you and the chapter member are close in distance and are willing to meet or if the chapter member volunteers to pick up your donation, that is entirely up to them, PLEASE DO NOT EXPECT IT THOUGH.  They are volunteering their time to be a chapter member and therefore they can only do what they are comfortable with and are able to do. 

If you are unable to find a SAFE chapter member or SAFE contact near you, and you are willing to mail your donation, please feel free to contact any of the SAFE chapter members listed below that are currently accepting to donate directly to them.


If you cannot find a SAFE chapter member near you and you are interested in starting a chapter in your area, please go to our
'Opening a Chapter' page for more information and to find out if it is right for you.

Thank you so much for wanting to donate!  Your donation can make a real difference in the life of a child in a stressful situation. 

 



Types of donations SAFE Accepts

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 and stuffed animals with past years sewn in them.  We also accept blankets, books and clothing for children.  Not all chapter members accept all items though, please check their individual listing for more information.

WE DO NOT accept battery-operated stuffed animals, toys or dolls.

Thank you so much for wanting to help and sticking to these guidelines.  We appreciate your help!





Alaska

Currently we do not have a chapter in Alaska but I do have a contact there if you are willing to clean up the stuffed animals first.  This contact is a hospital so all stuffed animals donated need to be clean and must be in new or like new condition.  If you are interested in donating to this contact, please download the following two forms which will give you directions on how to clean your stuffed animals and also the address information for our contact in Alaska.  If you are not willing to clean up your donation of gently used stuffed animals please DO NOT donate to this contact.  These are going to be given to children in an emergency room and need to be as clean as possible, you can instead donate to one of our SAFE chapters below and they will take care of cleaning your stuffed animals for you. 

1.   SAFE Guide to Cleaning Stuffed Animals.

2.  SAFE Alaska Contact Information

Thanks so much for wanting to help!

Arkansas

Currently we do not have a chapter in Arkansas but I do have a contact there if you are willing to clean up the stuffed animals first.  This contact is a fire department so all stuffed animals donated need to be clean and must be in new or like new condition.  If you are interested in donating to this contact, please download the following two forms which will give you directions on how to clean your stuffed animals and also the address information for our contact in Arkansas.  If you are not willing to clean up your donation of gently used stuffed animals please DO NOT donate to this contact.  These are going to be given to children in an emergency situation and need to be as clean as possible, you can instead donate to one of our SAFE chapters and they will take care of cleaning your stuffed animals for you. 

1.   SAFE Guide to Cleaning Stuffed Animals.

2.  SAFE Arkansas Contact Information

Thanks so much for wanting to help!

Natalie
Richmond, California

NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING
PLEASE CHECK BACK IN MAY, 2014
Accepted items:  New stuffed animals, gently used stuffed animals.
Comments:  Norcal SAFE is looking for volunteers to help process and distribute stuffed animals to first responders in the San Francisco Bay Area.  No experience necessary.  Complete your community service badge for your troop, or just spend some relaxing time sorting through and processing the generous donations from the community.  Laughs guaranteed plus an ample dose of heart felt reward knowing that you made a difference in the community.  Please email help@safe-inc.org if you are interested.  Thank you!
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Dave P.
Southern California

gopostal24@gmail.com
Currently accepting
Accepted items:  New stuffed animals, gently used stuffed animals, new children's books, gently used children's books, new baby/children's blankets.
Comments: 
We are located in the Long Beach area of Los Angeles but would be willing to pick up LARGE DONATION AMOUNTS in the Los Angeles or Orange County areas if a drop off is not close to you.  Smaller amounts need to be dropped off at one of our eight drop off locations.  Currently our drop off locations are in:  Newport Beach, Studio City, Riverside, Long Beach, Laguna Hills, Eagle Rock, Carlsbad, and Santa Monica.  In addition, we have the capacity to deal with stuffed animal drives and larger group donations so please e-mail me for further information.  Thank you so much for your interest in SAFE!
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Love and Respect Youth Foundation
Los Angeles, California
deborah@lryouth.com

The Love and Respect Youth Foundation is a community/youth nonprofit center and are in constant need of donations.  For the past 15 years, they have also sponsored a Winter Wonderland event in which they usually have around 10,000 children.  They would really appreciate your donation as they need as much as possible to meet the needs of the families that come.  They do have a truck available for pick ups in certain locations, please contact Deborah for more info.  Thank you so much for wanting to help! 

*The Love and Respect Youth Foundation is one of our SAFE partners and is NOT a chapter of SAFE so any donations made to this organization would need to be cleaned before delivering.  Below is our guide which shows you how to clean stuffed animals:*

SAFE Guide to Cleaning Stuffed Animals

Accepted items:  New stuffed animals, gently used stuffed animals, new children's books, gently used children's books, new baby/children's blankets, gently used baby/children's blankets, new children's clothes, gently used children's clothes, new children's outdoor winter garments, used children's outdoor winter garments.

James J.
Lakeland, Florida

floridasafechapter@gmail.com
Currently accepting
Accepted items:  Gently used stuffed animals, new stuffed animals, gently used children's books, new children's books, gently used baby/children's blankets, and new baby/children's blankets

Melanie M.
Atlanta, Georgia

safechapter@gmail.com
Currently accepting
Accepted items:  Gently used stuffed animals, new stuffed animals, gently used children's books, new children's books, gently used baby/children's blankets, new baby/children's blankets, gently used children's outdoor winter garments and new children's outdoor winter garments.

Valerie B.
Mt. Zion, Illinois

centralillinoissafe@gmail.com
Currently accepting
Accepted items:  Gently used stuffed animals, new stuffed animals, gently used children's books, and new children's books.

FTC Indiana
1000 Randolph Street
Elkhart, Indiana  46514
574-262-5227



Feed The Children
delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty, or natural disaster.  In particular, we are working with FTC on their truck sponsorship program here in the United States.  When truckloads of items have been sponsored
by a group or an organization they have agreed to allow our stuffed animals to go with these trucks to be delivered as well with the other items to these families in need.  Below is a flyer explaining this truck sponsorship program:

Truck Sponsorship Program through FTC

If you are interested in donating your stuffed animals to FTC ALL DONATIONS MUST BE CLEANED UP FIRST as these donations are not going through one of our chapter members.  Below is our guide to cleaning stuffed animals:

SAFE Guide to Cleaning Stuffed Animals

NOTE:  If you are donating directly to FTC they require that you TAKE A DONOR FORM WITH YOU WHEN YOU DONATE so they can keep track of exactly how much we are donating.  Please download the document below and take it with you when you donate:

FTC Donor Form

Thank you so much for your interest in donating in IN!


Elena and Emily C.
Louisville, Kentucky
kysafechapter@gmail.com
Currently accepting
Accepted items:  Gently used stuffed animals, new stuffed animals, gently used children's books, new children's books, gently used baby/children's blankets, and new baby/children's blankets.

Gail C.
Grosse Ile, Michigan
gailczarnik@yahoo.com

Currently accepting
Accepted items:  Gently used stuffed animals, new stuffed animals, gently used children's books, new children's books, gently used baby/children's blankets and new baby/children's blankets.
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Wendy H.
Spring Lake, Michigan
westmichigansafechapter@yahoo.com

Currently Accepting
Accepted items:  Gently used stuffed animals, new stuffed animals, gently used children's books, new children's books, gently used teen books, new teen books, new coloring books and new crayons, gently used baby/children's blankets, new baby/children's blankets.  Thanks so much for wanting to help!
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Cyndi S.
Lake Orion, Michigan
NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING
Please check back on May 1, 2014
Accepted items:  Gently used stuffed animals, new stuffed animals, gently used children's books, new children's books, gently used baby/children's blankets and new baby/children's blankets.

Robin S.
Arnold, Missouri
rsctt@hotmail.com
Currently Accepting
Accepted items:  Gently used stuffed animals, new stuffed animals, gently used children's books, new children's books, gently used baby/children's blankets, new baby/children's blankets, gently used children's clothes, new children's clothes, gently used children's outdoor winter garments and new children's outdoor winter garments.

L'erin R.
Wrightstown, New Jersey

thefoundationmylife@gmail.com
Currently accepting
Accepted items:  Gently used stuffed animals, new stuffed animals, gently used children's books, new children's books, gently used baby/children's blankets, new baby/children's blankets, gently used children's clothes, new children's clothes, gently used children's outdoor winter garments and new children's outdoor winter garments.
Comments:  For more information about my chapter, please visit my website at www.themylifefoundation.org.

New York City

We currently do not have a chapter member in New York City but we do have a SAFE contact in the New York City area.  Note:  If you are going to be donating directly to this organization though (and not sending your donation to a SAFE chapter) you will need to clean up any gently used stuffed animals before they are donated.  If you are not willing to clean up your donations PLEASE DONATE TO A CHAPTER MEMBER ONLY who will take care of cleaning them up for you.   Below is the information you will need to donate directly, please download both the SAFE Guide to Cleaning Stuffed Animals and the NYC contact info:

SAFE Guide to Cleaning Stuffed Animals

NYC Contact Information

Thanks so much for wanting to help SAFE!


Ginger M.
New Bern, North Carolina

encsafechapter@gmail.com
Currently accepting
Accepted items:  Gently used stuffed animals, new stuffed animals, gently used baby/children's blankets, and new baby/children's blankets.
Comments:  Serving Carteret, Craven, and Pamlico counties in Eastern North Carolina.  Thank you!

Jennifer A.
Leesburg, Ohio

Please check back on May 1, 2014
NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING
Accepted items:  Gently used stuffed animals, new stuffed animals, gently used children's books, new children's books, gently used baby/children's blankets, new baby/children's blankets, gently used children's clothes, new children's clothes, gently used children's outdoor winter garments and new children's outdoor winter garments.

FTC Oklahoma
29 N. McCormick
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  73127
405-945-4113



Feed The Children delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty, or natural disaster.  In particular, we are working with FTC on their truck sponsorship program here in the United States.  When truckloads of items have been sponsored by a group or an organization they have agreed to allow our stuffed animals to go with these trucks to be delivered as well with the other items to these families in need.  Below is a flyer explaining this truck sponsorship program:

Truck Sponsorship Program through FTC

If you are interested in donating your stuffed animals to FTC ALL DONATIONS MUST BE CLEANED UP FIRST as these donations are not going through one of our chapter members.  Below is our guide to cleaning stuffed animals:

SAFE Guide to Cleaning Stuffed Animals

NOTE:  If you are donating directly to FTC they require that you TAKE A DONOR FORM WITH YOU WHEN YOU DONATE so they can keep track of exactly how much we are donating.  Please download the document below and take it with you when you donate:

FTC Donor Form

Thank you so much for your interest in donating in OK!


Sharon M.
Tigard, Oregon
safeoregon@gmail.com

Currently accepting
Accepted items:  Gently used stuffed animals, new stuffed animals, new baby/children's blankets.
Comments:  
Please contact me even if you do not live right in our area...sometimes my husband and I like to make fun excursions around the state.  Thank you so much for wanting to help!

Madison C.
Langhorne, Pennsylvania

buckscountysafechapter@gmail.com
Currently accepting
Accepted items:  Gently used stuffed animals, new stuffed animals, gently used baby/children's blankets, and new baby/children's blankets.


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FTC Pennsylvania
47 S Commerce Way
Bethlehem, PA 18017

(610) 419-9356

Feed The Children
delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty, or natural disaster.  In particular, we are working with FTC on their truck sponsorship program here in the United States.  When truckloads of items have been sponsored
by a group or an organization they have agreed to allow our stuffed animals to go with these trucks to be delivered as well with the other items to these families in need.  Below is a flyer explaining this truck sponsorship program:

Truck Sponsorship Program through FTC

If you are interested in donating your stuffed animals to FTC ALL DONATIONS MUST BE CLEANED UP FIRST as these donations are not going through one of our chapter members.  Below is our guide to cleaning stuffed animals:

SAFE Guide to Cleaning Stuffed Animals

NOTE:  If you are donating directly to FTC they require that you TAKE A DONOR FORM WITH YOU WHEN YOU DONATE so they can keep track of exactly how much we are donating.  Please download the document below and take it with you when you donate:

FTC Donor Form

Thank you so much for your interest in donating in PA!

Shaun and Jenny B.
Sumter, South Carolina
safechapter.sc@gmail.com
Currently accepting
Accepted items:  Gently used stuffed animals, new stuffed animals, gently used baby/children's blankets and new baby/children's blankets.

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Jonathan and Christol B.
Charleston, South Carolina
charlestonscsafechapter@gmail.com
Currently accepting

Accepted items:  Gently used stuffed animals, new stuffed animals, gently used children's books, new children's books, gently used baby/children's blankets and new baby/children's blankets.

Peter and Joyce V.
Cleveland, Tennessee

joyce@thesantaproject.org
Currently accepting
Accepted items:  Gently used stuffed animals, new stuffed animals.

Comments:
  Our SAFE chapter is working in conjunction with the nonprofit The Santa Project to get these stuffed animals to children in need.  Please visit our website at www.thesantaproject.org for more information.  Thank you so much for wanting to help SAFE!
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Amy W.
Seymour, Tennessee
SAFE.Seymour@yahoo.com
Currently accepting

Accepted items:  Gently used stuffed animals, new stuffed animals, gently used children's books, new children's books, gently used baby/children's blankets, new baby/children's blankets, gently used children's clothes, new children's clothes, gently used children's outdoor winter garments and new children's outdoor winter garments.


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FTC Tennessee
310 Tech Park Dr
La Vergne, TN 37086

615-793-3438


Feed The Children
delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty, or natural disaster.  In particular, we are working with FTC on their truck sponsorship program here in the United States.  When truckloads of items have been sponsored
by a group or an organization they have agreed to allow our stuffed animals to go with these trucks to be delivered as well with the other items to these families in need.  Below is a flyer explaining this truck sponsorship program:

Truck Sponsorship Program through FTC

If you are interested in donating your stuffed animals to FTC ALL DONATIONS MUST BE CLEANED UP FIRST as these donations are not going through one of our chapter members.  Below is our guide to cleaning stuffed animals:

SAFE Guide to Cleaning Stuffed Animals

NOTE:  If you are donating directly to FTC they require that you TAKE A DONOR FORM WITH YOU WHEN YOU DONATE so they can keep track of exactly how much we are donating.  Please download the document below and take it with you when you donate:

FTC Donor Form

Thank you so much for your interest in donating in TN!


FTC Texas
4701 Blalock Road
Houston, Texas  77041
713-331-1034


Feed The Children
delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty, or natural disaster.  In particular, we are working with FTC on their truck sponsorship program here in the United States.  When truckloads of items have been sponsored
by a group or an organization they have agreed to allow our stuffed animals to go with these trucks to be delivered as well with the other items to these families in need.  Below is a flyer explaining this truck sponsorship program:

Truck Sponsorship Program through FTC

If you are interested in donating your stuffed animals to FTC ALL DONATIONS MUST BE CLEANED UP FIRST as these donations are not going through one of our chapter members.  Below is our guide to cleaning stuffed animals:

SAFE Guide to Cleaning Stuffed Animals

NOTE:  If you are donating directly to FTC they require that you TAKE A DONOR FORM WITH YOU WHEN YOU DONATE so they can keep track of exactly how much we are donating.  Please download the document below and take it with you when you donate:

FTC Donor Form

Thank you so much for your interest in donating in TX!



Richard and Jacquie B.
Friends of Children Memorial
for Fallen Heroes
Spanish Fork, UT
utahsafechapter@hotmail.com
Currently accepting
Accepted items:  Gently used stuffed animals, new stuffed animals, gently used children's books, new children's books, gently used baby/children's blankets, new baby/children's blankets, gently used children's clothes, and new children's clothes.

Gleaning For The World
The Teddy Bear Brigade
7539 Stage Road
P.O. Box 645
Concord, Virginia  24538

Attn:  Chris Ellis

cellis@gftw.org
1-877-913-9212

SAFE is teaming up with another great nonprofit called Gleaning For the World!  They have a program called The Teddy Bear Brigade where they donate stuffed animals to children in the United States during natural disasters and all over the world for children who have been abandoned and left to fend for themselves.  This simple gift can do so much to comfort them. 

As with the other organizations we work with, if you are interested in donating ALL DONATIONS MUST BE CLEANED AND IN GREAT CONDITION.  IF YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DO THIS PLEASE DO NOT DONATE TO GFTW.  Please use the guide below to show you how to do this.  RESTRICTIONS:  Please DO NOT send any stuffed animals with batteries or any stuffed animal larger than 2 feet.  Please make sure stuffed animals are appropriate for children in emergency situations.

SAFE Guide to Cleaning Stuffed Animals

If you are interested in donating to GFTW, please download the form below to take or send with your donation:

TBB/SAFE Donation Form

Thank you so much for wanting to help!


Maria C.
Fairmont, West Virginia

maria11690@yahoo.com
Currently accepting
Accepted items:  Gently used stuffed animals, new stuffed animals, gently used children's books, new children's books, gently used baby/children's blankets, new baby/children's blankets, gently used children's clothes, new children's clothes, used children's outdoor winter garments and new children's outdoor winter garments.

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