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Mother & Child Education Center

(503) 249-5801    1515 NE 41st Ave Portland, OR 97232

(503) 913-9360: Espanol [texto (respuesta más rápida) o llame al]

Donation Hours:

Tuesday: 10am-5pm,  *Wednesday: 10am-5pm,  *Saturday: 10am-1pm, or By Appointment

*Please give on days outside of our Client Care Days, which occur on the Second Saturday of each month, and the Wednesday that follows.  These days are reserved for families who have signed up to come and shop at no cost.

Generally Accepted Items:

Please ensure all items are fully functioning, clean, and have zero missing or broken parts. We also ask items come from smokefree households and individuals for the safety of our parents & children. If you are able, please do not bring in plastic bags.  We especially appreciate paper bags with handles!

  • Baby Accessories: Bibs, Blankets (Receiving/Tummy Time), Burp Cloths, Hats, Socks (NB-5T), New Underwear (up to 5T), Seasonal Items (Holiday Themed Wear, Costumes, Swimsuits)
  • Baby Gear: Bouncy Seats, Baby Baths, High Chairs.
  • Baby Transit: Baby Carriers, Car Seats (Clean, Unexpired, No Wrecks), Strollers (Clean & In Working-Condition), Diaper Bags, Travel Changing Pads
  • Clothing: Size Newborn up to 5T[toddler], Maternity Clothing + New Women’s Underwear/Bras
  • Developmental + Educational Items:  For Parents: New or like new parenting books, birthing/yoga balls For Baby: Children’s Books (we especially love children’s cardboard or plastic books - no used cloth), plastic blocks, push & pull toys, rattles, teething rings (non-liquid/non-gel). For battery operated items such as Interactive Toys, a set of batteries of the appropriate type is greatly appreciated.
  • Feeding + Nursing: New or Like New: Bottles, Bottle Cleaning/Drying Racks, Breastmilk Storage, Children’s Cups/Plates, Nursing Bras, Nursing Covers. Unopened & Unexpired: Baby Food, Formula, Nursing Pads
  • Non-Profit Needs: Industrial Washer & Dryer, High Efficiency Vacuum, Pop-Up Tent, Tent Weights
  • Sleep: Crib Sheets. Please no crib bumpers or used mattresses. New/Unopened: Bassinets, Co-Sleepers, Cribs, Pack-N-Plays. NEW & Sealed Crib Mattresses.
  • Safety Items: Baby Gates, Outlet Covers, Cabinet Locks
  • Shoes: Infant Sizes, 2C-13C [child], Women’s Flats/Athletic Shoes [for Maternity Room]
  • Toiletries and Personal Items: New or Unopened Items Only: Baby Cream, Baby & Adult Shampoo, Baby & Adult Wash, Baby Lotion, Child & Adult Toothpaste + Toothbrushes, Deodorant, Diapers, Feminine Products, Baby Sunscreen, Mama Stretch Oil.


Items NOT Accepted:

  • Need a suggestion of where to donate? Give us a call, 503-249-5801, we're happy to help!
  • No Used Pacifiers
  • No Mattresses
  • No Crib Bumpers
  • No Medela or Other Breastpumps (see Medela Recycles for Medela Pumps)
  • No Expired or Previously-in-A-Wreck Car Seats (see ‘how to find car seat expiration’ or ‘Recycle at Legacy’)
  • No Freestanding Highchairs (Bumbo or floor style chairs okay)
  • No Stuffed Animals
  • No Baby Swings
  • No Puzzles
  • No Toys (specific developmental items, in list above)
  • No Women’s or Men’s Sized Clothing


Extra Helpful Steps:

These steps help in MCEC's donation processing, saving volunteers and staff time, but are not required to donate.
Clothing is sorted into bins by Gender & Size at MCEC, so taking the time to Sort and Put Clothing into bags by Gender and the Following Sizes is extremely helpful: Preemie, NB, 0-3 & 3Mo, 3-6 & 6Mo, 6-9 & 9Mo, 9-12 & 12Mo, 12-24 & 24Mo, 2T, 3T, 4T, and 5T (each with separate boy and girl bin).  We also have a bin of Gender Neutral clothing in size Newborn, 0-3Mo, & 3 Mo.

• Sort and Place Onesies into Bags by Size: NB-3Mo & 3Mo; 3-6Mo & 6Mo; 6Mo+
• Tape the size of children's shoes on 1 of their 2 soles. Keep pairs together by tying laces or looping Velcro. If no laces/Velcro, rubber band, string, or zip tie shoes together.
• MCEC stores nursing items, maternity items, children's shoes, early infancy clothing & accessories, and children's books & developmental items in separate areas. Bagging items into these separate categories saves volunteers from pre-sorting!


Shop at Fred Meyer:

PictureFred Meyer is donating to nonprofits based on where customers tell them to! Sign up for Community Rewards by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Mother & Child at at (search for Mother & Child Education Center). Then, every time you shop and use your card you help Mother & Child earn a donation! If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at Customer Service in any Fred Meyer store - just remember to link the card online!


Shop at AmazonSmile:

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Go to, bookmark the page (this will remind you to shop AmazonSmile instead of Amazon), and select 'Mother & Child Education Center' as your organization.  One selected, Amazon Smile will remember your choice nonprofit and every eligible purchase you make will result in a donation.  If you've selected another organization, you can switch to support Mother & Child by signing in to and selecting “Change your Charity” in “Your Account.”



Make a Monetary Contribution:

Click the donate button to support the no-cost services at Mother & Child.


Give from our Wishlist(s):

Click on the images below to view needed items for Families and MCEC. Items can be purchased online or in-store!

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Target Wishlist


 Host a Party:

If you, your friends, or your company plans to host a party, we hope you'll consider helping increase awareness of Mother & Child by raising funds to support the parents and families we work with, or collecting items.  Learn how to include MCEC as part of your party or event.


Donation Hours:  Tuesday: 10am-5pm,  *Wednesday: 10am-5pm,  *Saturday: 10am-1pm,  or By Appointment

*We strongly encourage donors to give on days outside of our Client Care Days, which occur the Second Saturday of each month, and the Wednesday that follows.