SAFE is currently helping the children affected by the floods in Texas. Please see our contact below in San Antonio if you would like to help this area.
If you are looking to help the children affected by the recent hurricane in Florida, we do not currently have a contact there yet but we are looking so as soon as we do, we will post it.
Please see the full list below of our current urgent needs locations.
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In order to donate to these organizations, you will need to clean any gently used items FIRST before donating as these will not be going through a chapter member. It is very important that these donations are clean, in good condition, not scary, and free of any tears, smells, or stains.
SAFE considers stuffed animals that still have tags or were part of a collection that were not played with by children, 'new' donations. All other donations are considered 'gently used' and would require washing before sending to any of the locations below for sanitary reasons.
Below is a link to our SAFE cleaning guide for further information on how to clean the stuffed animal donations. All other items, blankets, clothes, etc. would need to be washed as well if they are gently used.
These urgent needs locations accept all kinds of stuffed animals and other items. For complete information on what these organizations accept and their address, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and you will receive an auto-reply with all the information you need to donate.
Below you will find a brief description of each of the urgent needs locations we are helping currently.
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Gleaning For The World is an international humanitarian relief organization that helps children here in the United States and all over the world. They have a program called the 'Teddy Bear Brigade' which helps provide comfort through stuffed animals to children in war-torn regions and in areas affected by natural disasters.
Edmund D. Edelman's Children's Court is the court that handles all the juvenile dependency cases in all of Los Angeles County. These cases usually deal with abuse and neglect issues. Annually they handle about 30,000 cases, and some of these cases require the children to speak. The courthouse has asked us if we could donate stuffed animals to help ease these children's fears during a very stressful time in their lives.
This is a 501c3 nonprofit that serves the area of Hartford County, Connecticut. They see over 400 families annually not only for hardships regarding taking care of their pets, but also their children. This organization has requested stuffed animals to give to the children they help.
Established by ten local United Methodist Churches in San Antonio, Texas, since 1997 the Texas Diaper Bank has been working to meet the basic needs of vulnerable babies, children with disabilities and seniors. The organization’s mission of: to address the diaper gap and its impact on individuals in crisis has led the organization to provide a continuum of basic needs services combined with educational opportunities that strengthen a family’s self-reliance.
Stuffed Animals For Emergencies is recognized as an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Tax ID#45-5062724.