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Thank you for considering donating your new and gently used children (newborn to age 4) items to Little Essentials! Because of you, Little Essentials has helped over 15,000 Brooklyn children with urgently needed items.


Donating to Little Essentials is easy! Just follow these steps:

1.     Check to make sure your items are on our list of accepted items (see below).

2.     Review our FAQs to confirm clothing meets our requirements, and other items are in good shape.

3.     For the safety of the children we serve, check to verify your donations have not been recalled at CPSC or Baby Center.

4.     Either schedule a pick up, or plan to drop of your items at our warehouse during drop-off hours (see below).

5.     Print a tax receipt to enjoy a well-deserved tax deduction for your product donation.

6.     If you are donating a car seat, please fill out a car seat waiver



Want to donate? For your convenience, we offer these two options:


Drop Off (Free)

Drop of items at our warehouse on any Tuesday from 3:00 – 6:00 PM.

We will also be accepting drop offs 10:00-12:00 PM on these Saturdays ONLY: March 21 and April 18.

Location: 24 15th Street, #204, Gowanus, Brooklyn



Pick Up (Tax Deductible Donation)

To schedule a pickup in Brooklyn, please click here. Please note that we are a small mostly volunteer run organization so it may take us a couple of days to respond. Thank you for your understanding.


There is a tax deductible $10 donation required for all pickups, plus $10 for each bag of clothing that isn’t sorted and labeled. Payment can be made in cash, or check made out to Little Essentials, upon pick-up by our trusted driver.



What items do we accept?


CLOTHING/SHOES: SUMMER clothing ONLY (short sleeves, lightweight). Size newborn to 4 years.

SLEEP: Non-Drop Side Cribs manufactured AFTER 6/28/2011; Pack & Plays; Toddler beds; Crib mattresses; Bassinets; Moses baskets; Snuggle nests; Bed Rails

BEDDING: Crib/Toddler bed sheets; Blankets; Receiving blankets

CAR: Infant car seats; Toddler car seats; Booster car seats. Must be under 6 years old and never in an accident, please fill out a car seat waiver

GEAR:  Carriers, slings, wraps; Bouncy seats; Swings

STROLLERS: Single or double strollers (infant & umbrella type); Snap & go type strollers; Stroller buntings, rain covers, sun shades; Stroller boards

DIAPERING & HEALTH: Diapers (opened packages are ok); Wipes; Diaper cream; Changing mats; Pottie; Health & Grooming kits; New pacifiers

BATHING: Bath tubs; Bath seats; Baby shampoo & lotion

NURSING: New Breast pumps (electric or manual); Nursing pillows, Cover-ups; Nursing pads; Nursing cream

TOYS/BOOKS: Infant playmats; Toys (all parts must be incl.; no large (e.g. kitchenettes) or ride on toys, no stuffed animals); Books



What items can we not accept?


Anything that is not on the above list, including but not limited to:

·         Maternity clothes

·         Other adult clothing

·         Any toys or gear NOT listed above, such as: used baby bottles, diaper pails, stuffed animals, ride on toys

·         Items that are damaged, stained, incomplete or are generally not in good working order

·         Items that have been recalled. Please check to verify your donations have not been recalled at CPSC or Baby Center.


Why so many rules?


The reason we provide so many guidelines around donations is because we’re trying to streamline our operations, in order to maximize effort and funding that go into building out our program. As you know, we are a small, volunteer-run organization. Every hour we spend sorting donations is an hour we can’t put towards helping children in need. Every dollar we spend disposing of goods we can’t accept (or recycling boxes, etc.) is a dollar we can’t spend on program enhancement.


Our goal is to touch as many Brooklyn children as possible, and we need your help to do that. It really does take a village.


Thank you so much for your continued support.








Goodwill (adult clothing, housewares)


The Salvation Army (furniture)


Housing Works (adult clothing, some furniture, housewares)


Brooklyn Family Justice Center (maternity clothing) 


PickUpPlease (clothing, furniture)