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snowdragon:
The food kitchen/social services center that I volunteer at need baby stuff. Many folks are donating things like diapers and wipes and even formula but I was thinking that I wanted to do more durable stuff that a kid might need.
It's been awhile since I had a kid in residence so I was hoping folks here would have some ideas that would give the most bang for the buck in terms of need and usefulness. Ideas anyone?

gramma dishes:
If  you accept "gently used" items, I'd go for things like Pack n' Plays, baby swings and high chairs.  It's unlikely that anyone would go out and spend the money for new ones to give away, but once the 'last' kid has outgrown them, they simply become storage-space-taker-uppers.  Yet, they are really useful to have.

Another thing to consider are used baby and toddler toys that children have outgrown.

Or have I completely misinterpreted your question?

snowdragon:

--- Quote from: gramma dishes on January 25, 2013, 10:40:02 PM ---If  you accept "gently used" items, I'd go for things like Pack n' Plays, baby swings and high chairs.  It's unlikely that anyone would go out and spend the money for new ones to give away, but once the 'last' kid has outgrown them, they simply become storage-space-taker-uppers.  Yet, they are really useful to have.

Another thing to consider are used baby and toddler toys that children have outgrown.

Or have I completely misinterpreted your question?

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I am going to go out and purchase a few new items - but I am unsure what is the most useful.  or even what toys are good these days. I was at the fisher price outlet today and am now totally confused as to what is actually useful and what is actually just "it's pretty - get that" if you know what I mean. Thanks for the suggestion of a pack - n-play.

Piratelvr1121:
I think as for toys Lego and Duplo are great options because they're very durable and last forever.  Thomas trains are also very well made and can be enjoyed by anyone who likes trains. :)  I'll second the pack & play.  Also I think "high chairs" like this are great because it doesn't take up as much room as a usual high chair and can be placed on just about any usual dining chair.

This is what we have, only with a different pattern. http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11981517

And I think this could be good too. http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2265745
http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3553506

And the pack and plays are great too for traveling, time outs or a play pen.

TootsNYC:
One thing: "durable" stuff might be easier for people to get than stuff that constantly runs out, like diapers. One used toy can go a long time, but diapers are gone in a flash.

So in terms of what is most needed, I'd check with the organizers; hopefully they have a really good idea of how your money will be most powerfully helpful for THEIR "target audience."

Especially in a food kitchen setup, their clients probably have some toys, etc. But they don't have any money to buy diapers and formula. Also, their kids CAN go without toys, or play with only 1 toy. But they can't go without diapers or formula.

My church sponsors an orphanage in the Dominican Republic, and we send food down because believe it or not, it's cheaper (and safer, in terms of theft) than sending money. Buying food is expensive.

But people often want to fill up the barrel with clothes. The thing is, the clothes will last 2-3 years, sometimes more. The food lasts 1 meal.

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