If you find yourself wondering what to do with old soft toys that have been gathering dust in your home, look no further! Instead of tossing them away or leaving them forgotten in a storage box, consider the wonderful option of donating your old soft toys. By doing so, you can bring joy to others, contribute to a worthy cause, and promote sustainability. In this blog post, we'll explore the benefits of donating soft toys and provide you with a guide on how to go about it.
Why donate soft toys?
Spreading Happiness: Your old soft toys can bring comfort, companionship, and joy to others who can love them and give them new adventure. When you donate your soft toys, you can brighten someone's day and even provide a source of comfort during difficult times.
Promoting Sustainability: Donating soft toys is an environmentally friendly option. Instead of adding to the landfill, you can extend the life of these items by passing them on to others who can still enjoy them. By donating your stuffed animals, you contribute to reducing waste and promoting sustainable practices.
Supporting Charitable Causes: Many organisations, such as Make-A-Wish UK who we support, rely on donations to carry out their vital work. By donating your old soft toys, you directly support these charities and contribute to their initiatives, in this case bringing light and joy to critically ill children and their loved ones and leaving a profound and lasting impact on all their lives.
How to donate your soft toys?
You can donate softs of any type to us, as long as they don't have heavy plastic, mechanical or electronic parts (small facial features and voice boxes for example are fine).
The easiest way to donate soft toys to us is by placing them in a box or bag and either using Royal Mail or a courier to send them to our HQ. Unfortunately at this time, we are unable to cover any costs of posting. If donating stuffed animals via the post doesn't suit you, you can always book a drop-off with us or sign up for roadshow collections (although we have no immediate plans for these in the near future).
Make sure your box is secure, and if you are sending in a cardboard box, please include a waterproof layer (e.g. placing them in a carrier bag inside) if you are able.
You are more than welcome to include a little note or bio about each toy/them as a collective!
When you donate stuffed animals to us, they all visit our spa and get a thorough clean and refresh, so no need to wash them before.
If you'd like to be notified when we receive your donated soft toys, just include a little note in the packaging. It sometimes takes us a little while to meet all the newbies, so please don't worry if that notification takes a little while!
Once your donated soft toys have arrived and settled in at HQ, you may see them pop up on our socials before they find their forever homes on our online store or via our in-person events.
Thank you for choosing to donate soft toys to Loved Before. You've helped us take one step closer to a brighter future and we can't wait to meet them!
For full information and FAQs, head to our 'Donate' section