The 12 Days of a Scout Christmas has become one of our favorite traditions on the Voice of Scouting, and we hope you will visit every day, beginning Friday, Dec 14, to find inspiring Christmas messages based on doing a good turn daily. On the sixth day of Christmas, we would like to share with you ways you can do a good turn by finding and donating old toys, clothes, and non-perishables to charity.

The Sixth Day of Christmas

On the sixth day of Christmas, you and your Scout went through all their toys and found some to donate to charity. It’s time to declutter and clear out space for the new toys your  Scout may receive this Christmas. Some individuals prefer to tell their children to chose 10 toys to donate, and then get them 10 new toys to open for Christmas. You can even collect old or unused clothes and shoes that don’t fit to bring to the nearest drop-off location. There are several charities which accept toys, books, clothes, and shoes. Here are some:

  • Salvation Army
  • Goodwill

These are some places that specifically accept toys. These charities only accept toys:

  • Toys for Tots
  • Ronald McDonald House

Donating a toy can ensure that another child has something to play with this Christmas. Not all are as fortunate as others, so donating these items can help a family in need. 

What Not to Donate

There are limitations on what charities will accept for donation. Most charities will not accept soiled or harshly used items because it costs too much to clean or fix them. Charities will not accept any products “that do not meet the current safety standards of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, including recalled items.” Don’t donate toys that are missing pieces because it makes it hard for other children to play with.

If you would like to donate clothes as well, here are the basics for what you should and should not donate!

Any donation makes a difference.  As James Russell Miller said, “Nothing else in all life is such a maker of joy as the privilege of doing good – [a good turn].”


is a Westminster College graduate who majored in communication and minored in environmental studies. She is currently a Marketing Associate at the Utah National Parks Council. She loves to travel and get outside as often as she can. Growing up overseas on military bases she fulfilled her desires to travel to many different countries. After high school, she returned stateside to pursue her passion for the environment and acquire her Bachelor's degree.

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