The Next Big Thing in Donating Stuffed Animals

Stuffed Animals

If you have stuffed animals hanging out in your home, here’s the next big thing in donating them. Let’s find a new home for all the wonderful toys!

Thanks to Chris Ellis for posting information on The Teddy Bear Brigade. As Chris said “The Teddy Bear Brigade receives and distributes new and gently “loved” stuffed animals to provide children in need with comfort, security, and love.”

What a great organization! Because of new regulations, most U.S.-based charities no longer accept toys, including stuffed animals, for donation. So where do you find new homes for those new or gently used fuzzies? Check out The Teddy Bear Brigade.

From their website:

“The Teddy Bear Brigade partners with individuals, churches, schools, businesses, non-profits and humanitarian organizations to collect new and gently loved stuffed animals.  The simple gift of a stuffed animal can make such an amazing difference in the life of a child hurt by poverty, abandonment, disease, natural disaster, and war.

How it’s done.

For instance, anyone can participate in The Teddy Bear Brigade. Whether it be just cleaning out your closet, hosting a stuffed animal collection, or telling others about The Teddy Bear Brigade. You can even volunteer at the GFTW warehouse to sort, clean, and pack stuffed animals, or financially sponsoring a shipment or project.

In addition, if you would like to find out how you can join The Teddy Bear Brigade please call 1-877-913-9212. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.”

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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.


  1. Seana Turner on March 16, 2020 at 10:56 am

    Wow, what a great resource. These are always hard to get rid of because you hate to throw them away, and yet they are very difficult to donate. We had a resource here for a while who used to ship computers south to Guatemala and would use stuffed animals to pack them. Unfortunately, that opportunity came to an end, so nice to have another resource!

    • Janet Schiesl on March 16, 2020 at 7:10 pm

      That’s a great idea to use stuffed animals for packing.

  2. Linda Samuels on March 16, 2020 at 11:26 am

    It’s never easy to donate stuffed animals, so it’s great to have this resource. I’ve heard of them, but never used them. The links in the text aren’t working properly, but I found another link that might work. I’m not sure if that is the same charitable organization. Is it?

    • Janet Schiesl on March 16, 2020 at 7:18 pm

      Thanks for letting me know. I fixed the links. It is the same organization.

  3. Sabrina Quairoli on March 16, 2020 at 11:43 am

    This is great! I never heard of “The Teddy Bear Brigade”. I added it to my charitable donation location page for my area. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Janet Barclay on March 16, 2020 at 11:54 am

    Many kids have huge collections of stuffed animals received from well-meaning friends and family, and most are in brand new condition. This is a great way to give them new homes!

    • Janet Schiesl on March 16, 2020 at 7:20 pm

      Yes. I agree. Some many stuffed animals are in new conditions and can find a new home with a child who don’t have much.

  5. Sara Skillen on March 16, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    A new one for me – I’ll definitely be sharing. Thanks for the great information!

    • Janet Schiesl on March 16, 2020 at 7:21 pm

      You are welcome Sara. Nice to see you on the call earlier.

  6. Julie Bestry on March 16, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    Oh, Janet, this is definitely going on my resource list for donations. Thank you for sharing this!

  7. Ronni Eisenberg on March 16, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    Hi Janet,

    Thank you for sharing such a terrific resource. I had no idea this even existed. The collection of teddy bears in a family can get so out of hand. I can’t even keep track of all the ones my grandson has!!


  8. Deb Lee on March 17, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    I thought that stuffed toys had to be thrown out. I’m glad that they don’t have to suffer that fate. I like that they can continue to bring joy to new families when the time comes. Thanks for sharing, Janet.

    • Janet Schiesl on March 22, 2020 at 12:00 pm

      I’ve seen so many brand one stuffed animals. They are best for donations.

  9. Nancy Haworth on March 18, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    Thank you for this resource! I had never heard of The Teddy Bear Brigade before, and it has always been a shame to trash stuffed animals because charities would not accept them.

    • Janet Schiesl on March 22, 2020 at 12:05 pm

      Nancy, I agree and understand why charities don’t take stuffed animals. So it’s nice to have an option.

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