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Here’s a list a local organizations in the South Bay that accept in kind donations.  Please contact the organization prior to making your donation to verify that they are still accepting the donations that you have and to verify location, hours of operation, etc.   Have an organization to add to this list?  Email us ❤

Community’s Child 
: 25520 Woodward Ave, Lomita, CA 90717
Phone: (310) 534-4040
About: We are committed to offering women and their infants with healthy alternatives by providing safe living environments, training and education to end poverty, neglect, abuse, addictions and hopelessness.

Types of Donations:
• Infant, children and women’s clothing and shoes in good condition
• High efficiency laundry detergent and bleach
• Paper products such as; toilet paper, Kleenex, paper towels, women’s personal hygiene products
• Nutritious foods such as; healthy soups, low sugar cereal, whole wheat pasta, low sodium pasta sauces, can tuna, peanut butter, etc.
• When a family is moving out of shelter we will request furniture and house hold items (we do not have storage room so these items are by request.)

South Bay Community Center
Address: 18807 Crenshaw Place, Torrance CA 90504
About:  Serving disadvantaged children and their families

Types of Donations:
• Classroom supplies such as copy paper, binders and full paper, pens and pencils, dry erase pens, glue, scissors, etc
• Healthy Bags Food pantry items such as: peanut butter, can tuna or chicken, whole wheat pasta, pasta sauces ( no glass containers), health soups and cereals, low sugar can fruit, can vegetables.

Pregnancy Help Center 
Address: 1311 Crenshaw Blvd Suite A, Torrance, CA 90501
Phone: (310) 320-8976

: We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) association located in Torrance, California. We’re committed to providing women and men with accurate and up-to-date information so they can make informed decisions about pregnancy and sexual health. We have a small staff, and our client advocates and nurses are all volunteers. Our offices are warm and friendly, and we treat everyone who walks through our door with the same level of attention, caring and compassion, with no pressure or judgment. All our services are free and confidential.

Types of Donations: Coming Soon

Rainbow Services (Domestic Violence)
Address: 453 W 7th St, San Pedro, CA 90731
Phone: (310) 548-5450

:  Rainbow Services is a non-profit organization, incorporated in 1983 to address the issue of domestic violence (DV). According to national estimates, one in four women will be a victim of DV in her lifetime, and the estimates for male victimization are as high as one in seven. The United States Surgeon General has long recognized DV as a public health epidemic, and both urban and rural communities cite DV as a leading cause of homelessness among women with children. The families we serve struggle to overcome the combined challenges of generational exposure to family violence and poverty, and their options for safe shelter are extremely limited due to inadequate local strategies to address homelessness for DV survivors and their children. Rainbow’s mission is to end the cycle of domestic violence.

Types of Donations:  Rainbow Services gratefully accepts NEW and UNUSED items

Most requested items include: gift cards, backpacks, bus tokens, phone cards and diapers plus double and single strollers

INFANTS & TODDLERS: Diapers, Double seat strollers, Single seat strollers, Baby wipes,  Baby lotion/oil, Baby shampoo, Baby wash, Booster seats for chairs, Bottles, Clothes, Age appropriate toys, High chairs

WOMEN: Sweaters & jackets, Wrist watches, Day planners, Hair dryers, Umbrellas, Sleepwear, Bathrobes/slippers

CHILDREN: Backpacks, School supplies, Underwear, Books, Pajamas, Sweatshirts & jackets, School uniforms, Shoes & slippers, T-shirts, Toys

FAMILIES: Bus tokens, Phone cards, Toiletries, Kitchen appliances, Night lights, Laundry detergent, Laundry baskets, Batteries (AA/AAA), Movies (DVDs)

GIFT CERTIFICATES: Target, Ross, 99 Cent Store, grocery stores, gas cards, Movie tickets

TEENAGERS: Backpacks, School supplies, Sweaters & jackets, Sweatshirts, Shoes & slippers, Pajamas, Hair care products, Hair dryers, Flat/curling  iron, Sports equipment, Books, Wallets (boys and girls), Portable MP3 players, Portable game players

FOOD: Tuna, peanut butter, pasta, canned vegetables, canned fruit, rice, baby formula, baby food, cereal

Food must be non-perishable & within “use by” date

Good Shepherd Shelter, Los Angeles
Phone:  (323)737-6111

:   The first domestic violence shelter in Los Angeles.  The Good Shepherd Shelter provides a safe, nurturing environment in which mothers and their children can heal, reawaken their dignity and self confidence, and learn the skills that will help them stop the cycle of Domestic Violence.

Types of Donations:   Clothes, Furniture, bed linens, personal care, kitchen, food, household, school supplies and more.  More details, Click HERE 

1736 Family Crisis 

Address: Torrance Community Service Center- 21707 Hawthorne Boulevard, Suite 300, Torrance, CA 90503
Phone: (310) 543-9900

About:   Since 1972, 1736 Family Crisis Center has been responding to the growing needs of victims of domestic violence, runaway and homeless youth, homeless families, homeless and at-risk Veterans, unemployed adults and youth, and other low-income community members in need of assistance. We are dedicated to providing professional, cutting-edge, comprehensive programs that are managed by licensed therapists, attorneys and our experienced staff. Men, women, children and families can access life saving support 24 hours a day through five shelters, four community service centers and five crisis and suicide hotlines. We are always accessible and ready to help kids, families, and Veterans so that they can permanently escape the worst possible conditions of poverty, homelessness and violence.

Types of Donations:   1736 Family Crisis Center accepts many types of goods and services throughout the year. Toys, printing for brochures, washing machines and sofas – are all examples of the essential goods and services that help 1736 Family Crisis Center deliver high quality, cost-effective aid. Arrangements may be made to accept donations by calling (310) 543-9900, ext. 209.

Richstone Family Center
Address: 13634 Cordary Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250
Phone: (310) 970-1921

About:  Richstone Family Center is one of the most progressive centers for trauma-focused treatment and the prevention of child abuse in Los Angeles County.

Richstone’s programs protect children by building stable and healthy families and decreasing violence in families, schools and communities.

  • We provide a safe-haven for those that might otherwise never receive appropriate treatment.
  • Demand for programs in our high-need communities continues to grow – last year child abuse cases in the city of
  • Hawthorne increased by 30% and the region saw an 18% increase in reported domestic violence cases

Types of Donations: We gladly accept in-kind donations throughout the year to support our programs and outreach efforts in the local community. Here is a list of some common new or gently used items that are accepted.

Art & Craft Supplies, School Supplies, Gift Cards, Professional Services, Auction Items, Toys & Learning Games, Children’s Prizes, Sports & Recreation Supplies, Clothing

Donations may be delivered to Richstone during the following hours: Monday thru Thursday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm or Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.  If you’d like to donate an item that is not on the list, please contact Allison Tanaka or  (310) 970-1921 ext 137.

Promises Foundation Miriam’s House

Address: You may donate during office hours (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) at 670 W. 9th St., San Pedro, 310-831-9123
Phone: (310) 390-0800

About:  Miriam’s House is a 15 bedroom converted convent located in Culver City, California. It is a recovery home for mothers and a refuge for children to escape chaos and instability. The yearlong program nurtures the individual needs of both mother and child while fostering the healing process of fractured families. It is not a place for temporary shelter, though we provide food, clothing, and safety. Rather, it is about mothers developing the life-long skills, including parenting and occupational therapy, to lead healthy, meaningful lives free from the confines of poverty and addiction.

Types of Donations:  The Clothing Closet offers free donated clothing to clients of all ages.  

What our clients need: clothing for all ages and sizes, casual and business clothing for men and women, including ties for men,  Accessories: Belts, scarves, Winter clothing (hats, gloves, coats, sweaters), and Shoes (sport, casual, business)

Donations are accepted from January through October.  We do not accept donations in November and December.

FOOD: Food PantryFood donations are always welcomed.  The Food Pantry is our most-used service; we appreciate all gifts of food.  

Please note the following:  We also distribute hygiene items through the Food Pantry.  We do not feed clients onsite, and we do not have a kitchen.

We need donated, packaged food – boxed, canned, factory-bagged.

Here are some examples of items our clients need.  You are not limited to this list:

Canned vegetables, fruits, and meats, Cereals, Beans, Canned soup, Packaged meals (e.g., macaroni and cheese box), Pasta and pasta sauce, Peanut butter or jelly, and Rice

Baby 2 Baby
Address: 6435 Wilshire Boulevard.  Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: 323-933-Baby (2229)
Local Drop off Locations:

  • MY GYM (REDONDO BEACH)- 1216 Beryl Street Redondo Beach, CA 90277 
  • MY GYM (MANHATTAN BEACH)- 1836 N Sepulveda Blvd Manhattan, Beach 90266  *Only able to accept clothing and baby supplies. Unable to accept car seats or any furniture/large items.
  • WONDERTREE KIDS (TORRANCE)- 2833 Pacific Coast Hwy, Torrance, CA 90505
  • WONDERTREE KIDS (EL SEGUNDO)- 710 S Allied Way, El Segundo, CA 90245
  • ZOOGA YOGA (REDONDO BEACH) – 2206 Artesia Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90278

About: Baby2Baby provides low-income children ages 0-12 years with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves.

By distributing to non-profit partner organizations including homeless and domestic violence shelters, Head Start programs, foster care programs and children’s hospitals, Baby2Baby will serve more than 180,000 children in Los Angeles this year and tens of thousands more across the country through the Baby2Baby National Network.

Baby2Baby is happy to accept the following NEW and VERY GENTLY — USED items:

Types of Donations: All Clothing (for ages 0-12 years), Baby wipes, Backpacks & School Supplies, Bassinets, Beds (toddler & twin), Blankets, Books, Bottles & other feeding supplies, Car Seat (must have completed history form), Cribs (no dropside), Diapers, Diaper Bags, Diaper Cream, Formula & Baby Food (sealed & not expired), High Chairs, Hygiene Products, Infant Carriers, Maternity Clothes, New Nursing Bras,  & New Breast Pumps, Portable Cribs & Play Yards, Postpartum,  Healing Supplies, Safety Gates, School Uniforms, Shoes for ages 0-12 years, Sleep Sacks, Soap, New Socks, Strollers, Swaddles, Swings, & Bouncy Seats, Sunblock, Toothpaste & New Toothbrushes, Toys (new or like new), New Underwear, Warm coats


Hope in a Suitcase
Address: Beverly Hills, CA 90211

About: Our hope is to provide a personalized suitcase, with essentials, to the children of Los Angeles as they enter foster care and as they join a loving foster family.  The intent of our gesture is to not only reassure children that we value them as individuals, but also that their personal belongings deserve the same respect and care as they do, no matter where they go.

Types of Donations:  
Luggage: Large Duffel Bags and Small to Medium-Sized Roller Suitcases
Sleepwear: Infant – Teen
Athletic Bottoms (Sweatpants / Athletic Pants & Shorts / Leggings) – Toddler – 3XL Teen
T-Shirts & Sweatshirts: Toddler – 3XL Teen
Undergarments (Underwear, Socks, Bras) : Toddler – 3XL Teen
Small Throw Blankets
Infant Items: Sleepers, Baby Blankets, Onesies; Comfortable Playclothes; Pacifiers, Rattles, Diaper Cream
Shoes (Casual / Athletic); Infant to Teen
Journals (no wire)
Comfort Items: Coloring Books & Crayons; Small Stuffed Animals; Art Pads, Colored Pencils & Art Supplies, Night lights, Picture Books
Toiletries: Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Deodorant, Hair Brushes & Accessories, Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Washes, Lotion, Lip Balm, etc.
**Click here for more **

Love in the Mirror
Address: Long Beach, Ca

About: Love in the Mirror began with the love of Jonas, a 6-year-old boy who wanted to help kids that were less fortunate than him by giving them things he felt no child should live without. The idea grew into a non-profit organization that strives to meet the needs of disadvantaged youth, while at the same time, kids like Jonas can gain the ability to develop self-esteem and learn great leadership skills. With the support of dedicated adults, these kids can grow into great community leaders and feel good about themselves, while they offer those in need clothes, toiletries, learning materials, toys and a chance to be happy so they can look in the mirror and love what they see.

Types of Donations: Clothing, hygiene, food, school supplies and more.   Click here for details. 

Maria’s Closet
Address: 1621 W. 25th #147, San Pedro, CA 90732

About: Located in San Pedro, CA, we provide to those in need:  free new or nearly new formal wear, accessories, hair and make-up for Prom in a fun, carefree environment that inspires today’s young women to experience Prom with confidence.

The fast-paced physical and emotional demands of senior year, lack of financial resources and the pressures of today’s social media culture, can impact confidence and self-esteem in young women.

At Maria’s Closet, we don’t let the cost of Prom weigh young women in our community down. We empower them – after all, it takes a village!  We know that no senior wants to miss out on activities and events that they have been waiting for since the first day of freshman year!  That’s why Maria’s Closet is empowering young women, one gown at a time!
Types of Donations:  

Prom dresses in all sizes from 0 to 30 are needed. We accept new and gently-used, prom-appropriate dresses. Please donate dresses that are current, at present we are accepting donations for dresses made from 2008 to 2018. Before donating, please check your dress for signs of irreversible wear and tear. All dresses must be in good condition, cleaned and on a hanger (unless mailing dresses to Maria’s Closet). 

A South Bay native, Liz Reinhardt is a community connector with years of experience in marketing, design, photography, fund development and more at various Southern California nonprofits. She also has a long history of volunteering, which began at a young age when she tagged along on her mom's volunteer shifts at the Costume Closet in Palos Verdes. Most recently, she served as a Senior Volunteer for the Gentle Barn in Santa Clarita, which she still visits as often as she can!