Gear Donation

Access to functional outdoor gear is critical to GPI’s success, but as equipment is often expensive and retailers tend to be concentrated in urban centers, this can be a barrier for kids in rural areas such as Darrington. As a policy, GPI loans out gear to all our participants so that every kid is able to get outside effectively and comfortably; our ability to do so is reliant on the generosity of companies, organizations, and individuals (like you!) that donate used equipment for our use.

We are soliciting donations from the greater western Washington outdoor community to support our work. Currently we especially need warm, waterproof boots and rain gear for kids ages 5-14, but any gear in usable condition (even if it's in need of a few repairs) is helpful to us. All donations are tax-deductible as we are a 501(c)(3) organization. If you have any extra equipment lying around that is no longer in use, please consider passing it on so that kids in our town can get outdoors, learn in nature, and take advantage of the beautiful places that surround them!

Donation box Locations


Cascade Designs Repair Shop

130 S Dakota St.

Seattle, WA 98134


Washington State University Snohomish County Extension Office

600 128th St. SE

Everett, WA 98208


We Need:


  • Daypacks

  • **Lightly used hiking boots or good quality running shoes (kids’ sizes especially)

  • Compasses

  • Maps of Darrington and surrounding areas


  • Helmets (youth and adult sizes)

  • Bike repair kits

  • Bike pumps


  • Camp stoves and fuel

  • Camping pots and pans

  • Camping bowls, plates, mugs, utensils, etc.

  • Tents

  • Sleeping bags

  • ThermaRests

  • Multi-day backpacks

  • Headlamps, flashlights

  • Water treatment options (filters, Aquamira, etc.)

  • Bear cans/bags and cord for bear hangs


  • PFDs (all sizes)

  • Dry bags

  • Paddles

  • Rashguards or other water-specific clothing (kids’ sizes especially)


  • Fishing poles

  • Line

  • Hooks

  • Lures


  • Harnesses (kids’ sizes especially)

  • Shoes (kids’ sizes especially)

  • Chalk and chalk bags

  • Belay devices, grigris

  • Helmets

  • Lightly used ropes

General clothing

  • **Rain jackets (all sizes)

  • **Rain pants (all sizes)

  • **Warm, waterproof boots for rain and snow (all sizes)

  • **Fleece, down, or other wam jackets (all sizes)

  • Clothes appropriate for outdoor use (hiking pants and shorts, non-cotton t-shirts, etc. - kids’ sizes especially)

  • Hats (warm and for sun)

  • Gloves

General other

  • Water bottles (min. 16 oz.)

  • First aid kits

  • Multitools/pocket knives

  • Binoculars

  • GPS units

  • Game cameras

  • Emergency blankets

  • Whistles

  • Waterproof matches, lighters

  • Frisbees, soccer balls, etc.

  • Small, packable games (i.e. card games)

Larger items (contact GPI to coordinate dropoff/pickup)

  • Bikes (youth and adult sizes)

  • Boats

    • Rafts

    • Kayaks (inflatable, sit-on-top or whitewater)

    • Paddle boards

**items in italics are highest need/priority