Donating toys and other materials

While we thank you for thinking of us, East End Children’s Centre is not currently accepting donated toys due to space issues and an upcoming renovation. Check back here in April.

Many of the toys being loved by children at our Kimbourne and Terry Fox sites were previously loved by children in their own homes, and for that we are very grateful.

If you wish to donate gently used or new toys, please bring them to our 200 Wolverleigh Blvd location during our program hours. Please understand that not every toy donated can be used directly within our program.  If they are in good condition, donated toys that are not used in our programs will be included in the used toy sales we have periodically, to raise funds for the free programs we offer to the community.  This way, donated toys we can’t use are still helping the children we serve.  We respectfully ask you NOT to donate broken toys and toys that are missing pieces.  Please make sure ALL PUZZLE PIECES are accounted for.

Please note:  if the toys you want to donate are large pieces of equipment, please contact us at to see if we have space.

We are happy to accept donations of flour, salt, cream of tartar, vegetable oil and food colouring for playdough.

We don’t accept:

  • plush toys (some nursing homes may accept these)
  • boxes and bags of random mixed bits and pieces of toys, so please don’t leave these items at our door – this just takes up space and creates work for our staff sorting and disposing of these items.
  • high chairs, cribs, car seats, swings and strollers. Please see The New Mom Project below for ways to donate baby equipment. Also, Silly Goose Kids occasionally has car seat recycling events.

We do have some ideas about where it would be appropriate to drop off these items.  We recommend visiting these websites to determine which items are and are not being accepted.

The New Mom Project accepts diapers, formula and equipment for babies, including strollers and car seats.

Oasis Clothing Bank is currently accepting Mens, Womens, Childrens Gently Used Clothing; Shoes & Boots; Bedding, Drapery, Linens; Purses, Briefcases, Luggage; Dishes, Glassware, Cutlery, Silverware, Pots & Pans; Toys & Games; Stuffed Animals; CD’s, DVD’s, Videos & Tapes; Electronics & Stereo Systems; Small Sports Equipment; Lamps; Artwork; Housewares.

ArtsJunktion accepts art materials.

Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore accepts building materials and many household items.

The Children’s Book Bank accepts high-quality new and gently used children’s books.

The Diaper Bank of Toronto accepts loose and packaged diapers as well as formula.  There are multiple drop off locations in Toronto.

The Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto provides women with clothing suitable for job interviews.

The Furniture Bank will pick up and recycle your gently used furniture, kitchen items, beds, electronics and artwork.

New Circles primarily accepts clothing.  Visit their website for information on their current priorities.

Toronto and GTA FREECYCLE is a facebook group where members give away things for free.