Thank you for your interest in donating items for the patients of St. Louis Children's Hospital! In-kind gifts are used year-round for celebrating important milestones like birthdays, anniversaries and the end of treatments like chemotherapy or radiation. Items from our Amazon wish list are also used as rewards after patients complete a difficult task or procedure during their course of treatment. These gifts are used throughout the hospital, including the child life playroom, teen lounge, library, emergency department, radiology and beyond. Your donations are welcomed and greatly appreciated!
Due to COVID-19 our infection prevention guidelines require that all donations must be new items. We are currently unable to accept any handmade items such as blankets, pillowcases, hats, stuffed animals, etc. The only exception is handmade masks which must be washed. We are also currently unable to accept used books.
If you choose to utilize one of our Amazon wish lists, there are several categories on the left-hand side of the page. Sending gifts directly from the manufacturer or retail outlet allows for the least amount of contact between gift givers and our patients. Having a sick child in the hospital is stressful any time of year, let alone during a global pandemic. Help make someone's day brighter by sending a gift today. We are deeply grateful for your generosity.
What to Donate
Child Life Services makes use of a variety of donated items. Toys, teen gifts, art supplies, video games, stuffed animals, and crib mobiles are just a selection of items that we are in need of. Please note:
- All items must be new with tags or in original packaging.
- All blankets, whether handmade or purchased MUST be laundered prior to donating.
Wish List Top 10:
Infant/toddler toys (i.e. music/light-up toys, teethers, rattles, crib mobiles)
Gifts for teenagers (i.e. brain games/3D puzzles/Rubicks Cubes, Legos, nail art sets, craft sets such as jewelry, kitting/fiber arts/fimo clay/hooked rugs/embroidery, coloring books and colored markers/pencils, etc.)
Stuffed animals, but only with fabric eyes, not hard plastic eyes
Blankets (Must be laundered prior to donating)
Toys for girls (i.e. small figurines, LOL Surprise, Hatchimals, etc.)
Washable markers and colored pencils
Small bottles of bright and colorful acrylic paint
Canvases, sketchpads, drawing paper, and coloring books (especially for teens)
Action figures for girls and boys
***please refer to our Amazon Wish List for specific needs and other ideas***
Need more ideas on what to donate?
Shop local! Items from our wish list are also available for purchase locally at The Nook, a volunteer-run shop where 100% of the profits come back to the hospital! Online or in-person shopping available: https://www.thenookstl.org/
How to Donate
Due to COVID-19 safety recommendations, we are currently accepting donations Monday–Saturday between 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Please call ahead to schedule a delivery time. This ensures a Child Life Services staff member is available to accept the donation. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate unscheduled drop-offs.
All donations should be brought to the hospital's main entrance. Upon arriving in the circle drive off of Kingshighway, please call to let us know you have arrived. Due to safety precautions, a Child Life Services Staff member will meet you outside to collect your donation.
To schedule your delivery, inquire about an off hours delivery time or to let us know you have arrived for your donation drop off, please call 314.215.7192.
Donations may be dropped off at:
St. Louis Children's Hospital
1 Children's Place
St. Louis, MO 63110
Prior to arriving, please:
- Print this donation form so we can acknowledge your kindness
- Complete all requested information on the form and include your signature.
- Bring the completed donation form to St. Louis Children's Hospital along with your donation.
- For additional questions contact us at 314.215.7192 or [email protected].