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

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
  • Attached Crib Toys
  • 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

Seasonal Wish List

  • School Supplies for Backpack Drive
    • Full Sized Back Packs
    • Pens – Blue, Black, or Red only
    • Pencils – Mechanical and Traditional with sharpeners
    • Latex-free Erasers
    • Highlighters
    • Lined Paper Notebooks – Spiral & Composition
    • Glue Sticks
    • Pencil Pouches with zippers
    • Transparent Tape in plastic dispenser
    • Stretchable Book Covers fits up to 10”x11.5” books
    • Graph Paper

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 accept donations Monday through Friday by appointment ONLY - hours are 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please email volunteers@chla.usc.edu to request a donation form and book an appointment at our loading dock. Unfortunately, we are unable to pick up any donated items.

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!