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.
  • Toys should be sturdy and free of any parts which may pinch
  • All craft materials (markers, glue, paints, etc.) must be non-toxic
  • If the items don’t fall within our guidelines or are unsafe/inappropriate for our patients, we reserve the right to politely decline your donation.

Items We Cannot Accept

  • Toy collections even if they have been well preserved
  • Plush, stuffed animals or any items with small pellets
  • Anything handmade such as knitted or crocheted items such as beanies, blankets, clothing
  • No oversized toys, ie ride-able vehicles, large doll houses/doll vehicles or other oversized items
  • 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

Year-round Wish List

Items Needed the Most

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

  • Generic coloring books –- no holiday/spiritual references
  • Crayons (Crayola brand preferred), Markers and colored pencils –- all sizes
  • Play-Doh (cans with no attachments)
  • Baby rattles
  • Baby mirrors
  • Infant Toys (0-2 year olds)
  • Musical Toys (cause and effect)
  • Pop-up toys (cause and effect)
  • Bubbles (4 oz bottle or smaller)
  • Super hero action figures
  • Barbie dolls
  • Hard-body baby dolls (please no plush/soft-body dolls)
  • Dinosaurs
  • Legos
  • Craft and bead kits
  • Educational/Science Kits
  • Table Top Games – especially UNO cards and Playing Cards
  • Small White Boards with Dry-erase Markers (size 8.5" x 11")
  • Beauty Kits (Make-up and Lotion kits) for older patients (No body sprays)
  • Earbuds & Headphones for older patients
  • L.A. sports team sports swag

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

Books

Volunteer Resources does not receive literary books for our Toy room, simply coloring/activity books. If you would like to donate reading books, please contact the Literally Healing Department at 323-361-4312 or LiterallyHealing@chla.usc.edu. Their office will be able to give you their most up-to-date wish list and facilitate the book donation. You may also visit their webpage for more information here.

How Do I Send/ Deliver My Donation?

We will not be accepting donations during the month of November.

FOR DECEMBER: Please email volunteers@chla.usc.edu to request a donation form and book a drop-off appointment at our Holiday Drop-off location. Unfortunately, we are unable to pick up any donated items.

December Drop-off dates:

Tuesday          December 10th
Thursday        December 12th
Saturday         December 14th
Sunday           December 15th
Tuesday          December 17th
Thursday        December 19th
Friday             December 20th
Saturday         December 21st

If you prefer to mail us your donation of brand-new items, you may send your gifts to the following address:

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

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. Also, 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: $25 increments
  • Target:  $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!