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October 12, 2019

Cleaning Out and Donating Things in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

Updated  October 2019


I love clearing out my drawers, closet and garage and giving the usable items to someone who can use them. There was a saying that has always stuck in my mind, “The things you are not using belong to someone else.” Where can you donate or recycle the clothes, toys, housewares and furniture that you want to purge to someone who can benefit from it in Bay Ridge or around Brooklyn?




  • St. Patrick’s Church Food Pantry – bring canned goods to St. Pat’s Rectory – 4th Avenue between 95th and 96th Streets  (open on the weekends too)



  • World Harvest Community Center (formerly the Bay Ridge Christian Center) 6324 7th Avenue accepts food, children and adults clothing and blankets. At a Bay Ridge meeting in January 2017, they said they distribute to 200+ people in Red Hook on Saturday mornings. No pickups.




  • St. Andrew the Apostle Church at 6713 Ridge Blvd has a food pantry.  You can drop off food to the rectory (the house to the left of the church)  


  • Saint Anselm Church also has a pantry. You can drop off food to the rectory. See here for info 


  • Christ Church at 7301 Ridge Blvd has a small pantry.






Pet Pantry – Food for Dogs/Cats/Fish/Birds


  • Christ Church at 7301 Ridge Blvd has a pet food pantry. It is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm or Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. People can donate food or pick up food for their pet (many veterans and seniors go there)






  • Reaching Out Community Food Pantry also takes pet food – 7708 New Utrecht Avenue



Plastic Shopping Bags


  • St. Andrew the Apostle Church at 6713 Ridge Blvd requested plastic bags for their food pantry.  You can drop off food to the rectory (the house to the left of the church)  They currently have enough (June 2019)


  • Bay Ridge Library 7223 Ridge Blvd – There is a  “bags” box under the book drop inside for people who need to carry multiple books home.





In July 2019, Sean Casey Animal Shelter asked for people to donate their newspapers for the dogs cages.  They also take used towels and sheets. Sean Casey’s is at 153 E 3rd Street





It’s best to turn in batteries to a recycling center, rather than throw them in the trash. Batteries that we use in remotes or  can be brought to the cash register at Staples on 4th Avenue in Bay Ridge or any Best Buy store.


Lower East Side Ecology Center Electronic Waste Recycling Warehouse  469 President St, Brooklyn, NY 11215   718-858-8777



Old Eyeglasses 


These places take old sunglasses and give them to people who can use them:


  • Verrazano Vision 8421 3rd Avenue


  • Assemblyman Felix W Ortiz 404 55th Street  718-492-6334


  • Don Paco Lopez Bakery 4703 4th Avenue 718-492-7443


  • The Wash Depot 4814 4th Avenue 718-567-8512


Also Lenscrafters Eyeglass Store – there is one in Kings Plaza Mall – Simply drop off your gently used prescription or non-prescription glasses at a LensCrafters they will recycle your used eyewear to those in need.



Baby Furniture & Baby Items


1) Life Center of NY   6802 – 5th Avenue in Bay Ridge 718-748-4992  They accept strollers, swings, infant carries, formula, breast pumps and any other usable items that a new mother could use.   Their hours:

Monday    9:30AM – 2PM Tuesday   9:15 AM – 4 PM Wednesday   9:15 AM – 4 PM
Thursday  9:15 AM–4 PM    Friday  9:15 AM–4 PM  Saturday:   Closed


2) Donate to  Little Essentials at 24 – 15th Street #204 Brooklyn, NY 11215 on Tuesdays from 3:00 – 6:00 PM. (347) 689-2327 Strollers, cribs, breastfeeding pillows, car seats, strollers, mattresses and diapers – (They do not do pickups in the Summer) Will give you a receipt for your taxes Warehouse Drop Off Hours: Tuesdays 3-6pm. Pickup info – see website info@littleessentials.org



3) Evan’s Heaven is a resale shop so they may give you a few dollars for the item. 2111 Bath Avenue (347) 554-8555





Stuffed Animals and Toys in Good Condition


              No longer accepting toys.


  • Reaching Out Community Service 7708 New Utrecht Avenue Brooklyn 11214 718-373-4565  We love this organization because it really helps people in the community. When we stopped in, they were very busy and the people working their were being kind to patrons who visited.  Reaching Out has a fund posted on their website around Thanksgiving to give out turkeys and the fixings to families.


    • The Kensington Family Shelter at 385 McDonald Avenue in Brooklyn accepts toys, clothes, books, everything!



  • Teddy Bear Brigade – send them a box of stuffed animals, they clean them and give them to children in tragedies. They send you a receipt for your taxes. Teddy Bear Brigade 7539 Stage Road Concord, VA 24538 1-877-913-9212



  • Salvation Army – There is a box outside the Salvation Army at 6822-3rd Avenue Brooklyn 718-833-6894 . The bins are only there during the week to accept dropoffs (not there on the weekend).


  • Little Essentials 24 – 15th Street #204 Brooklyn, NY 11215 on Tuesdays from 3:00 – 6:00 PM. (347) 689-2327 Strollers, cribs, breastfeeding pillows, car seats, strollers, mattresses and diapers – (They do not do pickups in the Summer) Will give you a receipt for your taxes Warehouse Drop Off Hours: Tuesdays 3-6pm. Pickup info – see website info@littleessentials.org


  • Evan’s Heaven is a resale shop so they will take them and sell them for low prices to mother’s in the neighborhood. 2111 Bath Avenue (347) 554-8555


**If you have an old video game system or games – call Gotham City Games and see if they will buy it.   GOTHAM CITY GAMES   503 84th Street  917-246-2935





Recycle Paper & Pens – empty the drawer!

Scrap Paper & Pens – The Bay Ridge Library would like your scrap paper because the children use a lot. The library is on Ridge Blvd. the corner of 73rd Street.  In February 2019, the librarian, Rita would love to have paper – looseleaf or any white or manila paper, computer paper and old notebooks with pages left. In addition, extra pens or pencils would be appreciated. 

Donate new school supplies – backpacks in new condition, unused notebooks, etc. to Grandma’s Love. She brings the supplies to children in Bay Ridge schools.




Christmas cards – In January 2019, Saint Ephrem’s Church .asked for people to donate their old Christmas cards – drop off at the rectory at 929 Bay Ridge Pkwy.


Recycle Opened Toiletries


    • Good Shepherd Church 74th Street and 4th Avenue – Both new and opened toiletries are accepted – any size. Donna brings the miniature toiletries to people at shelters.


    • Bohemian Rose at 8703 3rd Avenue takes used and unused hair products to donate to CHIPS.



  • St John’s Bread and Life795 Lexington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221 (it’s a soup kitchen and they give toiletries to those in need)


  • Old Mascara wands are needed for small animals (isn’t that cool?). Wash and put the wand in an envelope and mail to Appalachian Wild P.O. Box 1211 Skyland, NY 28776  (more info and pics: here)



Hair – donate your locks to help a cancer patient


Many people choose to donate hair to Locks of Love  because they want Locks for Love to make wigs for cancer survivors.  Locks for Love has been shown to sell a lot of the hair it receives to other companies. Some have said that Locks for Love doesn’t charge people who are in a certain income. Some people say that Locks for Love won’t accept their hair because it doesn’t meet the right guidelines (too short, grey, etc)  Snopes investigated and found Locks for Love to be a reliable company


There are these two places that accept hair and make wigs:


Pantene Beautiful Lengths – As of 12/31/18, Pantene has ended this program and is no longer accepting hair.


Wigs 4 Kids  440-333-4433  or  586-772-6656  (for wigs for children)
30126 Harper Ave
St.Clair Shores, MI 48082 



Coats – Elliot in Bay Ridge runs Coats for the Cold. Elliot picks up the coats. He put out this flyer on 10/12/19:






Clean Old Towels and Sheets


  • Fifth Avenue Veterinary Hospital  9102 5th Avenue   


  • Sean Casey Animal Rescue 153 East 53rd Street (Not in Bay Ridge, but a great animal rescue that needs towels,  sheets and newspapers…yes newspapers for the cages – July 2019 SCAR requested it)



Business Clothes – Work Clothes


October 26th and 27th  2019  at St. Anselm on 82nd Street and 4th Avenue






1.Work clothes are needed for students at The Resource Training & Counseling Center. (Drug Addiction Treatment Center)  449 39th Street, Brooklyn, New York 11232


2. Professional attire can be donated to Bottomless Closet 


3, Career Gear takes suits several times a year (see site for dates)– 40 Fulton St, Ste 701, New York, New York 10038


4. Professional work clothes for women is taken at: Dress for Success 32 East 31st Street, New York, New York 10016. They charge $40 to come and pick up your stuff (that’s not good)


5. The Mens Warehouse has a suit drive once a year (in July).  The closest Men’s warehouse is at 1608 Flatbush Avenue or the one at Atlantic Terminal Mall or Shops at Richmond in Staten Island. Find a store here.


6. The Organization 100s Suits for 100 Men takes workwear donations for men –  92 36 MERRICK BLVD, Queens, New York. See here for dropoff places.


7. You can put the clothes in a box, print an Amazon Give Back Box label and send it for free to Goodwill.





  • Pickup Please Fill out the form online and they will come and pick up your bags. Money goes to Veteran’s.




  • St Mary’s Church will pick up and provide you a receipt for your taxes- call 718-529-6070 OR 718-529-7825 (located at 230 Classon Avenue in Brooklyn) You can just leave the clothes in bags on you stoop and they will pick up during the day


  • The Kensington Family Shelter at 385 McDonald Avenue in Brooklyn accepts clothes, toys, books & everything!


  • United War Veteran’s Council. 1-888-821-8982




  • CAMBA Woman’s Shelter – Park Slope Women’s Shelter   1402 Eighth Avenue  Brooklyn, NY 11215    718-369-7226


  • World Harvest Community Center (formerly the Bay Ridge Christian Center) 6324 7th Avenue accepts food, children and adults clothing and blankets. At a Bay Ridge meeting in January 2017, they said they distribute to 200+ people in Red Hook on Saturday mornings. No pickups.





  • In The Trinity Korean Methodist Church 2870 – 86th Street – collects clothing, books, electronics and housewares.  See here718-266-3707


  • In November 2016, Amazon started Project Give Back Box in November 2016 – You can take your used Amazon boxes, fill them with clothes to donate, print a label and bring it to the Post Office or have UPS pick it up. Amazon and Goodwill are teaming up to use empty shipping boxes and get rid of the clutter filling homes with the Give Back Box program. After removing items from the Amazon box, a user fills it with clothes, accessories and other items you want to donate and then visits GiveBackBox.com to print a free shipping label. The box can be dropped off at the post office or UPS or picked up.Donations go to the closest Goodwill participating in the Give Back Box program.


  • Only in the Winter – Coat DriveNY Cares has drop off locations for coats in Bay Ridge (go here to find other areas to dropoff)


  • Salvation Army – drop off at 6822-3rd Ave, Brooklyn (718)833-6894 – they take clothes, small electronics & housewares and will also provide you with a receipt for a tax write off. There is a box outside of the Salvation Army during the week to accept dropoffs (not there on the weekend).


  • The Holy Cross Brooklyn Outreach Center – drop off adult clothing and shoes at the church – 8401 Ridge Boulevard). The Outreach members distribute food and clothing to the homeless each month. 718-836-3510


  • Union Church 7915 – 3rd Avenue (718) 745-0438 they take professional clothing (suits) for people transitioning from prison.


  • Maternity Clothes and baby clothes– Donate to the Life Center of NY – 6802 5th Avenue 718-748-4992 It’s the brick building on the corner and they have a sign for AAA Pregnancy Services. They provide counseling and help to young women with unplanned pregnancies Will give a tax deductible receipt.
    • They are no longer accepting clothing.


  • Bottomless Closet NYC accepts women’s professional clothing, shoes, purses, jewelry, unopened shapeware and unopened makeup to help low income women get back to work.  No t-shirts or activeware. You can fill out this form to get a label to put on a box to send to them.


  • Baby clothes to CAMBA 1402 8th Avenue, Brooklyn 11215 718-369-7226 – this is a women’s shelter that could use baby clothes.


  • Baby and toddler clothes, as well as baby equipment can be donated on Tuesdays from 12- 3:30pm at Alba House (for needy mothers) Alba House (for Needy Mothers) – 2187 Victory Blvd. Staten Island Phone: 718-698-3857 Contact: Richie Martin needymothers@aol.com



  • In Sheepshead Bay, there is a shelter for mothers with children that accepts clothing donations – Bay Family Center 3154 Emmons Avenue (sometimes people are traveling in that area and it’s easy to dropoff there)


  • I like to purge regularly – we put our bags in the bin in the Walgreens Parking lot – corner of 95th and 3rd Avenue. This one is run by this group. (If you don’t like those boxes, then don’t use them – that one is legal and helps me keep my house clean)


  • If you have a lot of kids clothes or lost weight and have a lot of good clothes in one size, put it on freecycle. Some people who could use them items will come and get them. When I get a response, I tell the person I will leave the clothes in a bag on my stoop because I am not big on meeting strangers at my home


Wedding Dresses



  • Angel Gown – This organization turns wedding gowns into gowns for babies and gives them to hospitals for babies who passed away. See here.    Sometimes that organization has a wait list to accept gowns because they don’t have room to store them. If you can’t wait,  this woman is accepts wedding gowns to do the same. This woman also  listed other seamstresses who are accepting wedding dresses to turn into angel gowns.



Prom Dresses 


  • Fort Hamilton, FDR and Telecommunications will start collecting in March


  • March 2019 ONLY (they do not collect year round):  Good Shepherd Church in Bay Ridge 7420 4th Avenue  will collect prom clothes (dresses and formal wear) for the Norwegian Christian Home to have a prom for the senior citizens.  Isn’t that cool?




  • Prom Dresses and Bridesmaid dresses, purses and occasion shoes -(In March and only to early May) this church collects good, fresh looking items! If you are after this date, hold the dress for next year, they have been doing it every year.



  • March 1st – March 31st only – Prom Collection at DG Rockers – 7207 Fort Hamilton Parkway







1) Little Free Libraries for children:


  • 550 – 72nd Street has a Little Library – See here  (between 5th and 6th Avenue)




  • Christ Church at 7301 Ridge Blvd has a little lending library. It was made by the Girl Scouts!


  • There are two Little Lending Libraries on  Ovington Avenue. One is at 3rd Avenue – SW corner. The other is on the same side of the street, but closer to Ridge Blvd.


  • There is the Children’s Lending Book Box at 653 52nd Street. You can put the books in the box or you can leave a bag near the door (walk quietly inside gate so the dog doesn’t start barking).




2) Donate your child’s gently loved books and magazines to the waiting room at Maimonides Infants and Children’s Medical Center. There is no pick-up  for donated books; you must drop them off in person 4802 10th Avenue Brooklyn. For more information, contact the Department of Volunteer Services at 718-283-3980, or call 718-283-7156 Monday-Friday from 9 am-1 pm to speak to the person in charge of book donations.


3)  Fort Hamilton Senior Center on Fort Hamilton Parkway 9941 – Fort Hamilton Parkway (closed on Sunday)  9 am – 5 pm on all other days


4) Bensonhurst Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare 1740 – 84 Street (near 17th Avenue) 718-885-8484


5) Bookmarke Shoppe 8415 3rd Avenue  They have a used book section for $1.00 and the money goes to charity. 


6) E and J Store at 7001 Fort Hamilton Parkway takes used books and sells them for $1.00 each. They give them to Veterans for free. Thye are open Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm 



7)  Books through Bars NYC gives books to prisoners



8) If these are regular books (not textbooks) that adults or children like to read, leave them in a small box outside of your gate with a note that says ‘Free – Take Some.’ I do this several times a year and there is never a book left. People even ask me when I will be purging next because everyone likes to get a free book.  Lee doesn’t like when I do this because he doesn’t like things put out on the street like garbage, but most times he doesn’t know because the books are taken  so quickly.  


9) The Trinity Korean Methodist Church 2870 – 86th Street – collects clothing, books, electronics and housewares.  See here  718-266-3707


8) The main branch of the library at 10 Grand Army Plaza (see info here) accepts used books – branches in Bay Ridge no longer accept books because of issues with bed bugs.


9)  Big Reuse in the old Pathmark by Lowes takes used books.


10) St. Francis College Library at 180 Remsen Street is collecting gently used books for babies, children and teens (no religious books, encyclopedias or books missing pages). Books are being donated to the Brooklyn Book Bodega.


11) Housing Works in Park Slope 424 7th Avenue  929-314-2150    will take 2 bags of books per person per day.


12) HousingWorks  126 Crosby Street  New York, NY   212-334-3324  accepts book donations – they have a cafe where people read and buy. 


13) Books Through Bars – for prisoners. No hard cover books. These are the type of books they need. Dropoff at Freebird Books 23 Columbia Street Brooklyn, NY








  • Salvation Army at 6822-3rd Avenue Brooklyn 718-833-6894. There are bins during the week to accept dropoffs (not there on the weekend). 


  • The Trinity Korean Methodist Church 2870 – 86th Street – collects clothing, books, electronics and housewares.See here 718-266-3707








  • Join Bay Ridge Swappies Household Furniture and Donate or Sell it there . We usually post our stuff on craigslist and leave the item inside our gate for the person. We have put furniture outside the gate with a note that says FREE and people have taken it in less than 10 minutes. 



  • Pick Up Please comes to get furniture – Vietnam Vets – can schedule a pickup within 24 hours




Large Appliances – Refrigerators, Stoves, etc.


  • The Big Reuse accepts and picks up many donations from people Monday through Friday as well  718-732-4143.  The items are then  sold in their store.  See website for alist of items they don’t take.  You can also ask them by e-mail: donate@bigreuse.org  They also give you a donation letter for your taxes.



Old Piano, Instruments or Art Materials


  1.   Material for the Arts Direct Donation – info. Email or call about items being picked up. donations@mfta.nyc.gov718-729-2171.


Medicine and Medical Supplies


1.  The 68th Police Precinct has a medicine drop for residents to drop off medicine any time. The address is 333 65th Street.


medicine drop in Bay Ridge



2. The DEA has named these stores as places to return medicine. If you live somewhere other than Bay Ridge, you can go here and search for other stores to return medicine.



3.  Medical supplies such as bandages and diabetes supplies – Our Lady of Angels Food Pantry accepts these items. 718-680-6344. Wednesdays from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm.


4. These organizations collect usable medical equipment and supplies and medicines, for distribution in areas with medical emergencies or in developing nations. Check their websites for information about the equipment and supplies they accept and for drop-off locations:



Old Computers, cell phones, small televisions, fans, vacuums& cables – you can’t place computers and televisions out with the garbage ($100 fine)


1) Staples on 93rd Street and 5th Avenuetakes up to 6 old computers/monitors/keyboards/old cell phones per day. If your device has no trade-in value, you can still recycle it along with old, unwanted office technology products at Staples. Even if it is not working,m they take it. No cost to you — any brand, any condition, even if you purchased it somewhere else.


2) Best Buy store allows you to drop off up to three electronics per day (desktop computers, laptops, small electrics, fans, vacuums and rechargeable batteries).


No large televisions, disassembled tvs or monitors, refrigerators or air conditioners.


*$25 fee for televisions or two old computer monitors (yes, they started to charge for this)  For  $100, Best Buy will haul two large appliances (Each additional appliance is $20).


3)Gowanus E-Waste Warehouse – dropoff 469 President Street


4) CHIPS Soup Kitchen in Downtown Brooklyn 200 Fourth Avenue 718-237-2962 accepts working air conditioners (no pickup – just dropoff)


Crayons and Markers

  • Send your unwanted crayons to Crazy Crayons. They melt them down and make new crayons.  


  • Markers can be returned through Crayola’s program – they can be any type of dried out marker (not just Crayola) see here for info.





recycle legos


Also you can send loose Legos to children in need by visit the LEGO Replay website and printing out a free shipping label.  Then call the service, either UPS or FedEx, depending on your location and have them pick up the package at your door.






  • Spokes Of Hope in Staten Island, Shawn fixes them up and them to anyone who needs one. 








Cars and Trucks


Donate a car brooklyn


  • In July 2017, we donated our very old car to St. Vincent’s. The process was fast and easy. We called the number and arranged a time for them to pick it up. They brought a tow truck, but our car ran. They removed the plates and the registration sticker. Jim Shea gave us a paper saying he was taking the car and told us that we would receive a paper for our taxes in a week. They give a donation to St. Patrick’s Church (other churches in the area also do this – like St. Anselm).  We gave Jim the title and the keys. It took about 10-15 minutes to do.  More info about St. Vincent De Paul  here: https://www.svdpauto-brooklynqueens.org








Topics: Bay Ridge, Brooklyn | 3 Comments »

3 Responses to “Cleaning Out and Donating Things in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn”

  1. Emily Says:
    December 27th, 2016 at 3:04 am

    This was exactly the information I needed! Thanks for posting all this.

  2. Linde Barrera Says:
    January 22nd, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this valuable information and resources. I love to recycle clean and in good condition clothes and sheets and towels.

  3. Michelle Lisanti Says:
    August 10th, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Amazing list!! Thank you!!