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How do I donate toys to FLTL?
If you'd like to make a toy, game, or puzzle donation, PLEASE EMAIL US FIRST at firstname.lastname@example.org with a description and, if possible, photos of the items you'd like to donate. Refer to the guidelines below to see what we will and will not accept. We can not guarantee that we will be able to accept your donation.
After we have evaluated your items, we will send you a tax-deductible receipt for your records.
What kinds of toys can I donate?
We typically accept donations of excellent condition used toys. We also welcome newly purchased toys, which would be best purchased at one of several local toy stores in order to support our local economy.
Currently Accepting: high-quality, environmentally-friendly, gender-neutral, educational, non-media based toys, board games, musical instruments, costumes, and especially toys that encourage open-ended, creative, and imaginative play.
Not Accepting: toys based on television or movie characters, battery-operated toys, stuffed animals, books. We also cannot accept older toys if they are painted.
Please be sure toys that you would like to donate contain all of their parts, are clean, and in good working condition before bringing them to the toy library.
If you are unsure about whether your toys are suitable for the toy library collection please contact us, we are more than happy to answer any questions!
What toys do you need the most right now?
Currently, we would especially like to add the following items to our inventory:
Physical play and outdoor toys
Musical play toys
Hard-sided dolls representing all races, ethnicities, and abilities
STEM toys (especially microscopes, telescopes, and space-themed toys)
Culturally inclusive toys and games (such as multicultural pretend food and games in different languages)
Toys and games for older children and teens
High-quality, non-media based costumes (sizes 2T - 7)
Toys and games suitable for children with physical and sensory needs
Puzzles between 30 and 70 pieces
What else can I donate?
While toys are the most fun to donate, we need other items to keep us going! Email info@fingerlakestoylibrary if you are able to donate any of the following:
Durable plastic storage containers with lids (6qt - 20qt range)
A large freestanding wire shelving unit (approx. 18" deep, 90" wide, 72" tall)
Child-sized clothing hangers