Making Toy Donations to the Child Life Department

Thank you for thinking of the patients and families at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC — your desire to donate is greatly appreciated. The Child Life Department uses play and expressive arts to help meet the developmental, psychosocial, emotional, and educational needs of our patients. These experiences and opportunities can help children to cope and adjust to illness and hospitalization. 

You can help support our patients and families by donating NEW toys, games, and other other play, art and diversionary supplies. Donation questions and arrangements can be directed to the Child Life Department at 412-692-5022.

Donating Guidelines

In a hospital setting, safety and infection prevention are of utmost importance. To support the health and well-being of our patients, please keep the following guidelines in mind when donating:

  • All donated items must be NEW (store-bought and in original packaging) and SAFE (non-toxic)
  • We CANNOT accept used or "previously loved" items
  • We CANNOT accept items that have been stored or an extended period of time, are no longer clean/fresh, or have a strong odor (perfume, cigarette, etc.)
  • Homemade items must meet strict approval guidelines — please contact the Child Life Department at 412-692-5022 prior to making the items to ensure the donation supports the guidelines

Delivering Guidelines

Donations are accepted at the Welcome Center in the hospital lobby from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. daily. If you have a large donation and require assistance, please contact the Child Life Department at 412-692-5022 ahead of time to make arrangements.

If you prefer to send your donation to the hospital, our mailing address is:

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Child Life Department – Office 1266
4401 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Holiday Donations

The holidays are one of the busiest times in the hospital and also the most popular time for donating. If you wish to make a donation during the holiday season, please contact the Child Life Department as early as possible to make arrangements. It is best to donate as early as possible during the holiday season (November - First week od December) so that we can properly accept and process your donation.

Wish Lists

The items listed below are the most requested and needed to help support our patients. The list is not exhaustive, and we are always looking for new ways to help provide comfort and normalcy to our patients and families.

Please feel free to contact the Child Life Department at 412-692-5022 with any questions or concerns you may have regarding donations.

Donation Suggestions

All Ages/Abilities

  • *GIFT CARDS* –Target, Wal-Mart, Amazon, Toys R Us, clothing stores, Giant Eagle, etc.
  • Event tickets – sporting events, theater shows, concerts, etc.
  • DVDs, books, magazines, video games
  • Games – card games, board games, etc.

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Infants and Toddlers (Items labeled for ages 0-2 years)

  • Gift cards – Babies R Us, Target, Walmart, etc.
  • Crib soothers/mobiles *plastic* - i.e. Fisher Price® rainforest, jungle, ocean, etc. 
  • Infant gyms - i.e. Little Tykes 5-in-1 Adjustable Gym ®, Chicco Duo Gym ®
  • Rattles, teethers, small hand toys,
  • Activity, light-up, and/or musical toys

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Pre-school Age Children (Items labeled for ages 3-5 years)

  • Gift cards – Toys R Us, Target, Walmart, etc.
  • Pretend play – i.e. kitchen, baby dolls (plastic), tools, etc.
  • Animals, dinosaurs, people figures, etc. 
  • Larger cars and trucks
  • Popular characters – i.e. Thomas the Train ®, Sesame Street ®, Disney ®, etc.
  • Little People ®, V-Tech ®, Fisher Price ®, Baby Einstein ®, Step 2, ® Little Tikes ®, etc.

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School Age Children (Items labeled for ages 6-12 years)

  • Gift cards – Toys R Us, Target, Walmart, etc.
  • Lego’s ®
  • Cars and trucks *non-remote controlled* – i.e. Matchbox ®
  • Barbie ® dolls, including Ken ®, various ethnicities
  • Action figures, super heroes *non-violent*
  • Art kits

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Teens (Items labeled for ages 13 years and older)

  • Gift cards – i.e. Target, Wal-Mart, Amazon, clothing stores, etc.
  • Kits – i.e. craft, model, building 
  • Clothing – pants (pajama, sweat, leggings), tshirts, sweatshirts, fuzzy socks, etc.
  • Accessories – hair, nail polish, jewelry, etc.
  • Sports – i.e. Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, college, etc.

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Arts and Crafts

  • Gift cards – Michael’s®, JoAnn Fabrics®, etc.
  • Craft kits - i.e. jewelry, foam, wooden, ceramic, suncatchers, etc.
  • Plain canvas tote bags, pillowcases, bandanas, etc.
  • Scrapbooking supplies – i.e. albums, paper, embellishments, etc.

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  • iPods®/MP3 players
  • Headphones – vinyl, earbuds, etc.
  • CDs – i.e. lullabies, Kids Bop, popular artists, etc.

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  • Portable DVD players
  • Newest games systems: Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo. DS
  • Newest games: Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo. DS
  • iPads and protective cases
  • Tablets and protective cases