Donate Toys

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.

Toy Donation Guidelines

To help us maintain patient safety and well-being, we ask that you follow the criteria below:

  • To prevent infection, we only accept new and unwrapped items. Additionally, unwrapped gifts ensure that infants, children and adolescents are receiving gifts which are appropriate to their age and developmental levels.
  • Toys should be sturdy and free of any parts which may pinch
  • All craft materials (markers, glue, paints, etc.) must be non-toxic

Seasonal Wish List

  • Valentine’s Day Card Craft kits – receivable until February 11th

Year-round Wish List

Items Needed the Most

(Quantities of 30 or more are greatly appreciated when possible)

  • Baby rattles
  • Digital thermometers
  • Interactive crib toys/musicals; mobiles that are not cloth/plush based
  • Generic coloring books –- no holiday reference
  • Soft baby dolls –- appropriate for children under three years old
  • Markers and colored pencils –- all sizes
  • Small White Boards with Dry-erase Markers (size 8.5" x 11")
  • 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 (please no body sprays)
  • L.A. sports team sports swag
  • Balls—footballs, soccer, volleyballs

Items We Cannot Accept

  • Plush, stuffed animals or any items with small pellets
  • Knitted or crocheted items such as beanies, blankets, clothing
  • VHS tapes
  • Wooden items
  • Glass or brittle plastic toys which can easily break and leave sharp edges
  • Flowers, edible gifts and holiday treats
  • Any items that promote violent and aggressive behavior including video games and DVDS

If you are planning to host a toy drive click here for a downloadable template.

How Do I Send/ Deliver My Donation?

We accept donations Monday through Friday by appointment only during business hours with the exception of Holidays. Please email volunteers@chla.usc.edu or call our office to schedule your drop-off time.  Unfortunately, we are unable to pick up any donated items.

Can I deliver my gifts to patients directly?

No. Unfortunately, due to infection control and privacy policies, you will not be able to deliver your gifts to patients directly.

Gift Cards: The New Toy Drive

Space in the hospital to store all the wonderful toys is at a premium; as such we kindly recommend holding a “Gift Card” drive, instead of a traditional toy drive whenever possible. 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. In order of importance, we would greatly appreciate the cards listed below:

  • Amazon
  • Target
  • Walmart
  • iTunes

If a particular patient would benefit less from a toy and more from an educational game, book or personal choice, we like to offer a gift card to that patient. Below are some popular choices:

  • Amazon: $20- $25 increments
  • Target:  $15 - $50 increments
  • iTunes:  $15 - $25 increments
  • Movie Theaters: Regal, Edwards, AMC, Fandango

Gift cards may be delivered in person or mailed to us at the following address:

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

Thank you for your generosity!