driving down louisiana today, saw a sign at coronado mall for their giving tree (or gift tree or whatever they're calling it this year). so they've got one up. according to the sign, it's next to santa.
UPDATE: A week and a half ago, I called 311 and the operator didn't know what I meant when I asked if there were any programs through APD that accepted donations of stuffed animals. He asked me twice what APD meant!! Anyway, FINALLY, someone from the COAST unit of APD called me and she and her partner came by today to pick up the box of Beanies. Thank you for your suggestions! I'm thrilled that they're going to a good cause and I hope they give the children some comfort and happiness.
My neighborhood association is doing a food & clothing drive on Monday at 6PM at Albuquerque Women EARN - 955 San Pedro SE if you want to drop them off there.
I love this! It is the new reality -- let a kid love those cute toys, cause that's what they are. I've got a few myself.
CRV, I believe you can donate them to a children's hospital. When I worked there each child received a welcome package of a stuffed animal and a handmade blanket as well as some toys. They were all washed in a washing machine. They don't need to be sterile, just clean. Call the hospitals first to check, but I believe they may be fine to donate.