We know our community often looks to donate their personal items to good causes or people in need. This can be a very meaningful way to support others, but it can be tricky to determine where and how to donate your material goods.
Below, you will find details on drives that BJ is participating in or running, as well as a list of partner organizations collecting in-kind donations and suggestions for other places to donate.
BJ is not currently accepting any material donations. This page will be updated when we run a drive.
Partner organizations currently collecting donated goods in New York:
NYC Humanitarian Emergency Shelters (shelters for migrant families) are in need of strollers & bassinets for expecting families and young children. If you have a working stroller to donate, please email Kiana Davis to coordinate a drop-off.
St. Paul & St. Andrews United Methodist Church (SPSA) facilitates a weekly resource fair for newly arrived migrants, in partnership with BJ and other Upper West Side groups. The next donation drop-off date is on November 5 and November 27 from 1:00 PM-2:00 PM. The following items are needed:
- Clothing for men, women, and children (no sizes XL or larger, no business or formal attire, no stained or ripped items)
- Practical Shoes (no high heels)
- Simple children’s toys or games with no missing pieces
- Children’s books in Spanish or French only
- Backpacks, purses, suitcases, bags (no broken zippers)
- Fresh Direct Bags
Marlene Meyerson Manhattan JCC runs regular donation drives for items like books, clothing, and personal hygiene items for distribution to individuals in our community. See current and upcoming drives and more information here.
Ruth’s Refuge provides home furnishings and essentials to refugees and asylum seekers in New York City. Donations must be brought to a storage space in Park Slope by appointment. They are not able to pick up donations. Additional donation guidelines are available here.
The West Side Campaign Against Hunger accepts donations of food at 263 West 86th from 7:00 AM–1:00 PM Monday through Friday. This November, they are accepting donations of special holiday foods such as low-sodium canned vegetable staples (pumpkin, beets, green beans, cranberries) and gravy. Other donation guidelines are available here.
Other organizations that take donations in NYC:
Donate, reuse, or repair your belongs
Get tips on how to reduce landfill waste from the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board.
When in doubt, find your local “Buy Nothing” group on Facebook!
Buy Nothing communities offer people a way to give and receive, share, lend, and express gratitude through a worldwide network of hyper-local gift economies by connecting with, giving to, and receiving from people who are real-life neighbors.
- Buy Nothing 91-100 St, Upper West Side
- Other groups can be found here: https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group#rec479391373