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11 Unique Donation Ideas for Foster Children

When people think of things they might donate to foster children, three top items come to mind: money, food, and clothing. While these are always greatly appreciated and in high-demand, the needs for foster kids do not end there.

Young, foster child playing a donated trumpet.
Young boy playing the trumpet.

Want to donate something other than the obvious? Here are just eleven unique donation ideas for those who would like to think outside the box.

Unique Donation Ideas

  1. Musical Instruments – all types, in new or gently used condition
  2. Music Supplies – instructional booklets, drumsticks, learning DVDs, guitar strings, etc.
  3. Feminine Hygiene Products – pads, tampons, and panty liners are always in great need for older female foster children, must be in a brand new unopened box
  4. Play Items – brand new or (for certain things) in like new or gently used condition; great ideas include jump ropes, sports balls, baseball bats, bases, swing sets, trampolines (small or large), educational toddler toys, building blocks, legos, dolls, etc.
  5. Electronics – could give foster children access to vital modern life skills; could include used laptops, cell phones, tablets, or e-readers
  6. Books – fiction and nonfiction in a wide range of reading levels are always appreciated
  7. Paper Items – the families caring for foster children are always in need of paper items, which might include toilet paper, paper towels, or napkins
  8. General Household Products – examples include laundry detergent, dish soap, rags, towels, cleaning products, cups, plates, laundry baskets, or furniture
  9. Personal Care – shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, gel, mousse, brushes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, razors, shaving cream, body wash, bar soap, etc.
  10. Baby/Toddler Items – diapers, wipes, baby food, baby/toddler snacks, educational development toys, walkers, bouncers, cribs, bassinets, swings, etc.
  11. Art Supplies – great for both development and therapeutic reasons; ideas include crayons, colored pencils, markers, coloring books, construction paper, safety scissors, paint, paint brushes, sidewalk chalk, and easels

For more information on how you can help foster children in need contact us today.