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Great places to donate used toys

If you keep tripping on toys or have run out of storage space for all those dolls and dinosaurs, it might be time to de-clutter and donate the toys your kids no longer play with. Here are some local places that will put those toys to good use.

Totally Kids - This Bloomington kids' furniture and toy store donates used toys to the locally-headquartered organization Parents Unite Against Autism, which distributes the toys to families in need. Just drop your toys off at the store.

Leonardo's Basement - This Minneapolis non-profit will literally turn your trash into treasure! They'll even take pieces of toys like wheels, zippers and ribbons to use in their hands-on art and technology workshops for kids.

Arc's Value Village - These thrift stores across the metro area accept donations, which are then re-sold to raise money for ARC's work with intellectually and developmentally disabled people and their families. You can drop off your donation or schedule a pick-up.

Joseph's Coat - This St. Paul store offers everything on its shelves for free to the area's neediest families. Toys and games are on their needs list. Make sure to check the web site for times when you can drop-off your items.

ArtScraps - Your junk will be repurposed and reused by the creative minds at this St. Paul organization, dedicated to art education. They make the items available to local teachers, scout leaders, parents and more so they don't wind up in a landfill!

Photo: Bins full of odds and ends at ArtScraps

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