Every year as I pack up all the holiday decorations mama gets the URGE TO PURGE. From closets to toy rooms, I feel suffocated by “stuff” and I can’t wait to join the rest of the nation in organizing my life (if you have noticed the sales on organizational supplies you’ll see that I’m not the only one). But I can’t bear to drop my gently loved clothing and toys in the trash. Where in McHenry County can your gently used possessions find new homes? Read on for local drop-off locations (please contact individual agencies for drop off times and regulations).
Where to donate Kid Stuff in McHenry County
Where to Donate Toys & Games in McHenry County
Charities that operate a thrift store will take toys, books, games, and some will take stuffed animals. They sell these items in their stores to raise money that they put back into their programs. Locally you can donate at:
Donation sites are available in McHenry, Crystal Lake, Algonquin, and Huntley.
When you donate to Goodwill the revenue generated will provide valuable employment training and job placement services for people in your community.
Sparrow’s Nest Stores
Stores located in Algonquin, Cary, McHenry, and Woodstock.
The purpose of Sparrow’s Nest is to support the mission of Home of the Sparrow. 100% of the net proceeds from the seven stores are used for the women and children in Home of the Sparrow’s transitional housing program. The Nest Stores are also a zero cost provider of clothing, furniture, and housewares to Home of the Sparrow clients
Big Brother’s Big Sisters
Donated items will be utilized by our matches to enrich the time they spend together. Some items they are looking for are games and toys. Examples include Stinky Pig, Monopoly Cheaters Edition, Stratego, and Legos
On Angels’ Wings
5186 Northwest Hwy # 133, Crystal Lake | (224) 688-9739
Located in Crystal Lake, this thrift shop funds local animal welfare.
The Salvation Army Store
4400 W. Elm St., McHenry | (815) 759-9101
For over 100 years, the Salvation Army has supported the spiritual, social, and emotional needs of the community.
Bethesda Thrift Shop
7606 US Route 14, Crystal Lake | (815) 455-2325
By donating to Bethesda you will be supporting individuals with emotional and intellectual disabilities to achieve their goals of independence. Note: they take toys but not plastic toys.
Walking Together Resale Shop
117 S. Hubbard St., Algonquin | (847) 458-8958
St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church runs this resale shop to support their ministries. Religious items are also sold at this shop.
8310 Railroad St., Crystal Lake
The collect items for families to come and take for no charge. They collect all home items as well as baby items, toys, equipment, books, and movies.
Where to Donate Books in McHenry County
The Green Read
61 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake
Book donations can be dropped off At The Green Spot, anytime the store and office are open (Defenders’ office is across the hall). At The Green Read, you are welcome to donate up to ten books at a time. Books should be in good condition; we do not accept encyclopedias, dictionaries or textbooks. Donations support the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County.
Bernie’s Book Bank
Bernie’s accepts all new and gently used children’s books for birth through the 6th-grade level. Books can be dropped off at Wintrust Bank locations in Cary, Crystal Lake, McHenry, and Spring Grove.
Your Local Library
Check with your local library as most (all?) of them have a used book sale that supports programming at the library.
Where to Donate Stuffed Animals in McHenry County
Stuffed animals that are not new are really hard to find homes for! According to readers, some hospitals will take them if they are able to be sterilized (no plastic parts!) Other ideas:
- Contact your local police and fire departments, sometimes they keep them on hand for children in accidents or crises.
- Small animals can be saved up to be used in Christmas shoeboxes.
- Local animal shelters may also be able and willing to take them.
Do you have a favorite agency where you love to donate your gently used clothes and toys? Tell us where it is using the comments section below.