a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation


We collect gently used or new infant clothing in sizes preemie to 12 months to distribute to needy babies in the San Diego area. Needed items are sleepers, short and long-sleeved bodysuits (onesies), pants, socks, hats, bibs, blankets and extra items such as overalls, jackets, and dresses. We also welcome board books in good condition.

You can view the list of collection bin locations here.

We have an Amazon Wishlist if you would like purchase items to donate.

Handmade Items

We enjoy placing several handmade items in each package. Your carefully crafted blankets, bibs, toys, hats, and booties are special touches that are greatly appreciated.

Please review important size and safety guidelines for blankets and other items here.

You can download some recommended patterns using the links below. If you have any questions please contact us here.

To get your handmade items to us, please:

  • Drop off at the Gently Hugged office during office hours (preferred). You can find our location and office hours here. We also have a small collection bin outside the front door which may be used when we are not open.
  • Place your items in one of our many donation bins around the county (see list here).

If neither option works for you, please contact us and we will do our best to find a volunteer in your area to pick up your donations. (For those outside San Diego county, items may be mailed to our office.)

If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter with our latest handmade needs, crafting tips, event reminders, and featured crafters, please subscribe here.

Cash Donations

Cash donations are tax deductible.

A $10 donation will buy 3 onesies.

A $20 donation will buy 4 pairs of pants and warm socks.

A $50 donation will buy 15 Board Books for reading to baby.

A $75 donation will buy 25 canvas tote bags for packing donations.

A $150 donation will buy at least 35 cozy sleepers when donations fall short.

A $300 donation or more will allow Gently Hugged to accomplish all of the above plus help cover other necessary costs.

Donations are accepted via PayPal. Clicking the Donate button above will redirect you to PayPal's secure donation form.

You will have the option to make your tax deductible donation a gift and send the recipient a gift card.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or if you prefer to mail a check. Thank you!

Where are donated items distributed?

Donated items are distributed by nurses and social workers to low income, military, immigrant, and foster families in need within underserved areas. Hospitals, prenatal clinics, social service agencies, and homes are typical delivery sites. Click here to see a list of current distribution sites.

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