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Local charities that accept in kind donations

January 5, 2018

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Local charities that accept in kind donations

Here’s a list a local organizations in the South Bay that you can donate items too.  Some of these organizations will accept children’s items, food, furniture donations and more! Please contact the organization prior to making your donation to verify that they are still accepting the donations that you have and to verify location, hours of operation, etc.   Have an organization to add to this list?  Email us ❤

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1736 Family Crisis 

Locations: Los Angeles, Torrance, Wilmington
Focus Area: Family Services; Domestic Violence; Homelessness; Veterans Services

Since 1972, 1736 Family Crisis Center has been responding to the growing needs of victims of domestic violence, runaway and homeless youth, victims of human trafficking, homeless families, homeless and at-risk Veterans, unemployed adults and youth, and other low-income community members in need of assistance. We are dedicated to providing professional, cutting-edge, comprehensive programs that are managed by licensed therapists, attorneys and our experienced staff. Men, women, children and families can access life-saving support 24 hours a day through five shelters, four community service centers, various community-based offices and co-locations and five crisis and suicide hotlines. We are ready to help kids, families, and Veterans so that they can permanently escape the worst possible conditions of poverty, homelessness and violence.

Types of Donations Accepted:

1736 Family Crisis Center accepts many types of goods and services throughout the year. Toys, printing for brochures, washing machines and sofas – are all examples of the essential goods and services that help 1736 Family Crisis Center deliver high quality, cost-effective aid. 

Call (310) 543-9900, ext. 217 for details about making in-kind donation. 

Baby 2 Baby

Location: Los Angeles; donation sites throughout the South Bay (prior to the pandemic)
Focus Area: Family Services

Baby2Baby provides low-income children ages 0-12 years with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves. By distributing to non-profit partner organizations including homeless and domestic violence shelters, Head Start programs, foster care programs and children’s hospitals, Baby2Baby will serve more than 180,000 children in Los Angeles this year and tens of thousands more across the country through the Baby2Baby National Network.

Types of Donations Accepted:

Baby2Baby is now accepting NEW donations of diapers, wipes, formula and hygiene items (e.g. soap, shampoo and toothpaste) from the community to address the most critical needs from families impacted by COVID-19 at our Los Angeles headquarters through contactless drop off (5830 Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016). We are still unable to accept donations of clothing, toys, etc. at this time. 

Please email us at Baby2Baby for further questions.

Beacon House Thrift Shop

Location: San Pedro
Focus: Recovery Support/Services

Beacon House Thrift Shop is a goldmine of goodies located in the heart of Downtown San Pedro. We receive new items daily, so our selection is as legendary as our prices! When you support the Beacon House Thrift Shop, you’re also supporting the men of the Beacon House! That’s because the Beacon House Thrift Shop is a social enterprise program of the Beacon House Association of San Pedro, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and we provide donation receipts for tax purposes. The men of Beacon House work at the thrift shop to practice the life and job skills they need to build a successful future, while proceeds from second-hand donation sales benefit the recovery program that gives these men a second chance at life!

Types of Donations Accepted:

  • Vintage, Antiques, and Contemporary Items!
  • Household Goods and Furniture
  • Sporting Goods and Tools
  • Assorted Clothing and Accessories

Visit Beacon House to learn more about scheduling a donation pick-up or dropping off donations at the Thrift Shop during business hours.

Community’s Child

Location: Lomita
Focus Area: Family Services; Domestic Violence; Homelessness

Community’s Child Offers Shelter, Education, and Support Services to homeless and disadvantaged women and children within the South Bay. They are committed to offering women and their infants with healthy alternatives by providing safe living environments, training and education to end poverty, neglect, abuse, addictions and hopelessness.

Types of Donations Accepted:

  • Infant, children and women’s clothing and shoes in good condition
  • High efficiency laundry detergent and bleach
  • Paper products such as: toilet paper, Kleenex, paper towels, women’s personal hygiene products
  • Classroom supplies such as copy paper, binders and full paper, pens and pencils, dry erase pens, glue, scissors, etc.
  • Healthy Bags Food pantry items such as: peanut butter, can tuna or chicken, whole wheat pasta, pasta sauces (no glass containers), health soups and cereals, low sugar can fruit, canned vegetables.

Call (310) 534-4040 for details about making in-kind donations.

Good Shepherd Shelter, Los Angeles

Location: Los Angeles
Focus Area: Family Services; Domestic Violence

Good Shepherd Shelter’s mission is to stop the generational cycle of domestic violence by providing individualized, comprehensive services and shelter to battered women and their children and by raising the level of community awareness through advocacy and education.

Types of Donations Accepted:

  • Clothes, Furniture, Bed and Bath Linens, Personal Care, Kitchen/Dining, Food, Household, Garden, Toiletries, Cleaning Products, Gift Cards, School Supplies, Nursery, Items for Welcome Kits, And more

Visit Good Shepherd to see the In-Kind Wish List and learn more about the in-kind donations that help Good Shepherd Shelter support their families.

Hope in a Suitcase

Location: Los Angeles
Focus: Foster Children

Hope in a Suitcase’s current program concentration is in the Greater Los Angeles area. Our mission is to provide children and teens in foster care with a suitcase/duffel bag, along with basic essentials and comfort items, to make their transition and circumstances just a little easier.  We want children to enter a new foster family and/or school community with dignity, and without the lasting memory of arriving with a trash bag

Type of Donations Accepted:
We are interested in partnering with individuals, social and community groups, businesses, and public and independent schools in the Los Angeles area. There are many models for highly successful drives and fundraisers. It can be as simple as emailing friends and co-workers about Hope in a Suitcase and collecting high-priority items at your home or office (e.g. New Pajamas, Sweatpants, Athletic Shorts & Shirts, etc.). 

Visit Hope in a suitcase for a few ideas on hosting events and drives, but we welcome your creativity! Be sure to contact info@hopeinasuitcase.org BEFORE organizing your event regarding our current needs & capacity. Hope in a Suitcase is now accepting NEW ITEMS ONLY.  

Love in the Mirror

Location: Long Beach
Focus: Family Services

Love in the Mirror began with the love of Jonas, a 6-year-old boy who wanted to help kids that were less fortunate than him by giving them things he felt no child should live without. The idea grew into a non-profit organization that strives to meet the needs of disadvantaged youth, while at the same time, kids like Jonas can gain the ability to develop self-esteem and learn great leadership skills. With the support of dedicated adults, these kids can grow into great community leaders and feel good about themselves, while they offer those in need clothes, toiletries, learning materials, toys and a chance to be happy so they can look in the mirror and love what they see.

Types of Donations Accepted: 
Clothing, Hygiene, School supplies, Food, Books, Extras

Visit Love in the Mirror for complete details.

Maria’s Closet

Location: San Pedro
Focus Area: Empowering Young Women

At Maria’s Closet, we don’t let the cost of Prom weigh young women in our community down. We empower them – after all, it takes a village! We know that no senior wants to miss out on activities and events that they have been waiting for since the first day of freshman year! That’s why Maria’s Closet is empowering young women, one gown at a time!

We provide to those in need: free new or nearly new formal wear, accessories, hair and make-up for Prom in a fun, carefree environment that inspires today’s young women to experience Prom with confidence.

Types of Donations Accepted:
Prom dresses in all sizes from 0 to 30 are needed. We accept new and gently-used, prom-appropriate dresses. Please donate dresses that are current, at present we are accepting donations for dresses made from 2008 to 2018. Before donating, please check your dress for signs of irreversible wear and tear. All dresses must be in good condition, cleaned and on a hanger (unless mailing dresses to Maria’s Closet).

Dress Drop-Off Location: Properties West, 838 W. 9th Street, San Pedro, CA. Visit Maria’s Closet for complete details.

Miriam’s House

Location: Los Angeles
Focus: Family Services; Recovery Support/Services

Miriam’s House is a sober living transitional home for women and their children. Miriam’s House opened its doors in 2007 to better serve mothers in recovery. Our unique program allows for mothers to get the help they need while maintaining or recovering custody of their children. Our mission is to empower these families with the critical life skills needed for a substance-abuse free future. We fulfill our mission by providing the mothers and children with a safe and nurturing environment and comprehensive social services.

Types of Donations Accepted:  
Miriam’s House needs your in-kind donations! We appreciate your gifts from clothing to computer equipment. Necessary items include: Women and children’s clothing, Furniture or household goods, Toys, books, and children’s educational materials, Baby items: strollers, cribs, bedding, highchairs, Office equipment, 12-step materials, Toiletries and personal care items.

Visit Miriam’s House for more information.

Miry’s List

Location: Los Angeles
Focus Area: Refugees

Refugee families come to the United States seeking a safe haven from violence and persecution in their home countries. They leave behind family and friends, as well as virtually everything they own. Many Americans, seeing these families in their communities, wonder: What can I do to help? Miry’s List provides a mechanism for people to directly help new arrival refugee families with the things that they need to get started in their new lives – from diapers to beds to cleaning supplies and toiletries.

Types of Donations Accepted:
We make lists to provide essential supplies to our families once they’ve been placed into housing. Each list represents the essential items a family needs to help get their start in their new home. Your generous gifts provide them with comfort that goes way beyond the item itself or the purchase price.

Visit Miry’s List and click the photos below to link directly to the Amazon Wishlist for each family. This page is frequently updated so check back often!

Rainbow Services

Location: San Pedro
Focus Area: Family Services; Domestic Violence

Rainbow Services provides shelter and support to anyone impacted by domestic violence, empowering them to move beyond trauma, towards safety & stability.

Types of Donations Accepted:
For the safety of our survivors and their children, we only accept donations of NEW and UNUSED items. This includes clothing, toys, strollers, school supplies, and other physical goods. We appreciate your support!

Visit Rainbow Services for the Year-Round Wishlist, Pantry Items, Back-to-School Wishlist and Holiday Wishlist, and complete details on dropping off in-kind donations for each.

Volunteer Center’s Food For Kids Program

Location: Torrance
Focus Area: Family Services; Youth Development

While low-income students receive school-provided meals for breakfast and lunch during the week, many of their families are unable to feed them adequately on the weekends. The students then arrive at school on Monday without the proper nourishment, which can negatively affect their school performance and self-esteem.

That’s where Food For Kids comes in… we provide bags of non-perishable food and health-related inserts to low-income students at partner schools and organizations in the South Bay and Harbor areas each week through our volunteer and donation-driven food pantry. Volunteers assemble and deliver bags of food filled with items to make 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners to our partners prior to the weekend. The school and nonprofit staff identifies the families with the greatest need each week, and the students take the bags home to share with their families over the weekend.

Types of Donations Accepted:

  • Breakfast Items: Cereal, Oatmeal, Granola Bars
  • Shelf-Stable Fruit: Canned Fruit, Raisins, Apple Sauce, Fruit Cups
  • Meal Components: Canned Vegetables, Canned Meat, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Macaroni & Cheese, Pasta (dry or canned), Pasta Sauce, Rice (1 or 2 lb. bags), Soup

Please note: No glass jars, bulk-size items or expired food.

We are accepting food donations – by appointment only – as long as our main office in Torrance remains open. Visit for Volunteer Center for complete details about our temporary food donation procedures and download a copy of our Shelf-Stable Shopping List.

Richstone Family Center

Address: 13634 Cordary Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250
Phone: (310) 970-1921

About:  Richstone Family Center is one of the most progressive centers for trauma-focused treatment and the prevention of child abuse in Los Angeles County.

Richstone’s programs protect children by building stable and healthy families and decreasing violence in families, schools and communities.

  • We provide a safe-haven for those that might otherwise never receive appropriate treatment.
  • Demand for programs in our high-need communities continues to grow – last year child abuse cases in the city of
  • Hawthorne increased by 30% and the region saw an 18% increase in reported domestic violence cases

Types of Donations: We gladly accept in-kind donations throughout the year to support our programs and outreach efforts in the local community. Here is a list of some common new or gently used items that are accepted.

Art & Craft Supplies, School Supplies, Gift Cards, Professional Services, Auction Items, Toys & Learning Games, Children’s Prizes, Sports & Recreation Supplies, Clothing

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