Toys and In-kind Donations
Thank you for your interest in donating toys for patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. See below for guidelines and items on the list.
Note that for the health and safety of patients and hospital visitors, all donations must be accepted in the hospital lobby. Individuals and groups are not permitted to pass out donations directly to patients or families.
We ask that you deliver your donation sorted by age to the information desk in the hospital’s main lobby Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Be sure to complete a donation record card while you are there so that Children’s can acknowledge your gift.
Guidelines to Help Ensure Safety and Infection Prevention
- All toys and stuffed animals must be new and unwrapped.
- Handmade items, like blankets and scarves, must be washed before delivery in an allergen free detergent and come from a smoke-free environment. Call a Volunteer Services coordinator with any specific questions about handmade donations.
- Recommended age labeling should be used as a guide. Read safety messages on packaging.
- Toys must be non-toxic.
- Toys promoting violence are not appropriate.
- Toys must be sturdy. Avoid toys that can break, leaving sharp edges.
- Toys with numerous small parts that require close supervision are not appropriate.
- Fire regulations prohibit electrical, spark-producing or friction-producing toys.
- DVD's must be rated G, PG or PG-13.
- Glitter of any form (glitter glue, glitter stickers, glitter paper, etc.) is prohibited.
- Rubber/latex balloons are not allowed inside the hospitals.
- We do not accept cards for patients.
2015 Holiday Wish List
Updated November 2015: Our most needed items are currently for our Adolescent (13-21 years), Infant and toddler (0-3 years) patients.
Infants and toddlers (0-3 years)
Rattles, Teething rings, Stackable rings, Sound and light soothers, Gym mats, Crib activity center with music (no cloth), Cause and effect toys, Baby Einstein toys and movies, Toy phones and cameras, Sound books, Building blocks (rubber), Pop up toys, Little people, Unisex onesies/clothing, Light up toys, and Batteries.
Preschool-age (4-6 years)
Sounds books, Little People, Action figures, Medical play kits, Tool sets, Preschool learning lap-top, Play kitchen and food, Remote control cars, Play-doh and Play-doh utensils, Toy phones and cameras, Light-spinners, Barbie’s, Puzzles, Sticker books, Cars, Trucks, Paint brushes, Plastic animals (zoo, ocean), Mr. Potato Head, Magna Doodle, Small musical instruments, Coloring books, Board games (Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, Operation, Pretty Pretty Princess, Matching Games), Markers, Unisex clothing (t-shirts, pants and pajamas), Underwear, and Batteries.
School-age (7-12 years)
Legos, Walkie-talkies, Colored pencils, Markers, Puzzles, Jenga, Board games (Monopoly Junior, Sorry, Connect Four, Guess Who, Trouble, Apples to Apples, Checkers), Jewelry kits, New release DVDs, Playing cards (UNO, regular cards), Action figures, Superhero toys, Hot wheels Nintendo DS, Wii, PlayStation 3 or 4, Xbox 360 or ONE games, Paint brushes, “I-Spy” books, Small musical instruments, Unisex clothing (t-shirts, pants and pajamas), Underwear, and Batteries.
Adolescents (13-21 years)
Craft kits, Ear buds and headphones, $10 Gift cards (iTunes, Target, Wal-Mart), Loom bracelet kits with extra rubber bands, Large sized blankets, Jenga, Playing cards (UNO, regular cards), Board games (Scattegories, Rummikub, Monopoly, LIFE), Picture frames for decorating, Sharpies, Decorative duct tape, Fine-tip paint brushes, Canvases, Sketch pads, Drawing and charcoal pencils, Word searches, Crossword puzzles, Hair accessories, Bath n’ Body works products, Sports equipment and balls, Pro and College sports gear, Journals, New magazines (Seventeen, Sports Illustrated), Nail polish, Phone chargers (iPhone, Samsung, Samsung), New release DVDs, Nintendo DS, Wii, PlayStation 3 or 4, Xbox 360 or ONE games, Unisex clothing (t-shirts, pants, pajamas), Underwear, and Batteries.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a drop off appointment for a large donation, contact:
For those unfamiliar with the hospital environment, choosing an appropriate gift can be daunting.
For example, we don’t allow latex balloons because some patients are allergic to latex. Some patient care areas also don’t allow flowers, and stuffed animals need frequent washing to prevent the spread of germs.
Here are eight gift ideas that are doctor-approved and patient-proven to be a fun way to pass time at the bedside.