Donate Toys

Dear Friends of CHLA:

Thank you for your tremendous generosity and outpouring of support this holiday season. We have received an incredible amount of toys that will truly benefit our patients and families year round.

At this time, we are working diligently to sort and organize the donations received. For this reason, we kindly ask that any upcoming donations come in the form of gift cards so that we can maximize our space.

The following gift cards will help us the most:
Grocery Cards (Vons, Ralphs, Food 4 Less)
Gas Cards (any gas station)

Thank you,
Volunteer Resources

About Our Toy Donation Program

We welcome your toy donations for our patients. You can’t imagine the difference your gift can make to a hospitalized patient. To make your drop off as convenient as possible, please call ahead (323-361-8397) to schedule your delivery and we can meet you at the designated drop off area.

We are available to personally accept your donation Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Unfortunately, we are not available on weekends or during the evening hours.

If you need to bring your donation during the weekend or evening hours, items can be brought to the Guest Services Desk located just inside the hospital. They will be kept for us until we come back to pick them up. At that time, you will be given a donation slip to complete for your tax records -- the yellow copy is yours.

Our Wish Lists

Items We Need the Most

(We appreciate multiples of the same gift in quantities of 30 where possible.)

  • Generic coloring books –- no holiday reference
  • Soft baby dolls –- appropriate for children under three years old
  • Crayons –- all sizes, however we can only accept Crayola crayons or Playskool crayons
  • Interactive crib toys/musicals
  • Markers –- all sizes
  • Super hero action figures
  • White artist paper
  • Hello Kitty items
  • Dinosaurs
  • Bubbles (bottles with no attachments)
  • Craft and bead kits
  • Play-Doh (jars with no attachments)
  • Pop-up toys (cause and effect)
  • UNO cards
  • Bath & Body Works sets for older girls
  • Medical first aid kits
  • L.A. sports team sports swag
  • Baby rattles

We Also Love Gift Cards to the Following Places

  • Target in $20-50 increments
  • iTunes in $15-25 increments
  • McDonalds, Robeks, Jamba Juice, Subway, Carl’s Jr. in increments of $5
  • Movies such as Regal, Edwards, etc.


You can also purchase toys directly for our patients through these store registries:

  • Amazon
  • Target
  • Toys"R"Us (Under "Find a Wish List," search by Wish List #32886047)
  • Walmart

Every week, we deliver toys as a form of diversion to patients who are admitted to our hospital, and we also provide gifts of toys to the thirty-five outpatient clinics to reinforce good behaviors like:

  • Following treatment plans
  • Adhering to specialized diets
  • Showing effort in rehabilitation or other types of therapy

Through the generosity of our community supporters, we give out approximately 80,000 toys per year. We distribute toys based on the schedule below:

  • One toy per week that a patient is in the hospital
  • One toy for a procedure or surgery
  • One toy for a birthday while in the hospital for care
  • Additional toys may be given if children cannot bring toys from home

Things We Cannot Accept

To prevent infection, we only accept new and unwrapped gifts for infants, children and adolescents. Once we receive your gift, we sort and sanitize the gifts to further prevent infection. Additionally, unwrapped gifts ensure that children and adolescents are given gifts that are appropriate to their age and developmental levels. Please refer to the list above for the hospital's needs.

Flowers, Edible Gifts and Holiday Treats
Due to our infection control policy, we cannot accept these items.

Presentations of Gifts and Donations
Presentations of gifts and donations may not be made directly to the patients.

Toy Donation Guidelines

We appreciate the generosity of donors like you who help us continue our tradition of providing toys to our patients at key points in their recovery. Below are the criteria that we ask that you follow when making your toy donations, to help us maintain patient safety and well-being.

  • To prevent infection, we only accept new toys, books and DVD's.
  • We cannot accept stuffed toys or toys with small pellets or beans.
  • Toys should be sturdy and free of any parts which may pinch.
  • Please avoid toys which can break easily and leave sharp edges (i.e. made of glass or brittle plastic).
  • We do NOT accept or distribute toys that are designed to promote aggressive behaviors (e.g. toy weapons of any kind, or violent video games or movies).
  • All craft materials must be non-toxic (e.g., markers, glue, paint).

Gift Cards: The New Toy Drive

  • 1st Choice: Target
  • 2nd Choice: Walmart
  • 3rd Choice: iTunes

We accept gift cards from online retailers like Amazon, too.

We are extremely grateful for the toy drives that our community members hold to supply us with toys and small gifts for our patients to assist them with their recovery. Because space in our hospital to store all of these lovely toys and gifts is now at a premium, you can really help us by holding a “Gift Card Drive” for our patients, instead of a traditional toy drive.

Gift cards allow us to maximize your gift to our patients because they provide our staff with the flexibility to make “on-demand” toy purchases as they are needed by our patients. If a particular patient would benefit less from a toy and more from an educational game or book, we might be able to distribute a gift card to that patient as a gift from you to them during their recovery.

How Do I Send You My Gift Cards?

We offer two ways of delivering your gift cards to our volunteer office. Call 323-361-8397 to schedule an appointment with our volunteers to drop off your gift cards, or mail your gift cards to us at the following address:

Volunteer Resources Department
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd. #64
Los Angeles, CA 90027