Donate Toys

To find out what toys our patients need during the holidays and all year round, visit our online gift registry. From here you can easily purchase gifts online and have them sent directly to the hospital.

About Our Toy Donation Program

We welcome your toy donations for our patients. Can you imagine the difference your gift can make to a hospitalized patient family? Your donations are so important to us! The global pandemic has had an impact on our toy donations this year and we are so grateful for your potential gift.

Click here for a link to our registry, you may buy and ship our wish-list items directly to us from the links on the site.

Toy Donation Guidelines

To help us prevent infection and maintain patient safety and well-being:

  • You will not be able to deliver your gifts to patients directly.
  • We only accept new and unwrapped items.
  • Toys should be sturdy and free of any parts that may pinch or break off.
  • 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 donations.

Our Registry and Wishlists

Click here for a link to our registry, you may buy and ship our wish-list items directly to us from the links on the site.

Items Needed the Most, Year-round Wish List

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

  • Generic coloring books –- no holiday/spiritual references
  • Crayola markers and colored pencils –- all sizes
  • Play-Doh (cans with no attachments)
  • Medical play kits (doctor’s kits)
  • Baby rattles
  • Baby mirrors
  • Infant toys (0-2 years old)
  • Musical toys (cause and effect)
  • Pop-up toys (cause and effect)
  • Bubbles (4 oz bottles or smaller)
  • Superhero action figures
  • Barbie dolls
  • Hard-body baby dolls (please no plush/soft-body dolls)
  • Dinosaurs
  • Legos
  • Craft and bead kits
  • Educational/science kits
  • Tabletop games – especially UNO cards and playing cards
  • Small white boards with dry-erase Markers (size 8.5" x 11")
  • Beauty kits such as make-up and lotion kits for older patients (no body sprays)
  • L.A. sports team sports swag
  • Earbuds and headphones for older patients

Seasonal Wish List

  • Valentine’s Day Card Kits – We accept items until Feb. 9
  • Spring Baskets – premade, not accepting handmade baskets; accepted until one week before Easter weekend

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

Items We Cannot Accept

If the items don’t fall within our guidelines or are unsafe/inappropriate for our patients, we reserve the right to politely decline donations.

  • Toy collections or collectables, even if they have been well-preserved
  • Plush, stuffed animals or any items with small pellets
  • Anything handmade, such as knitted or crocheted items including beanies, blankets, clothing
  • Oversized toys such as ride-on vehicles, large doll houses/doll vehicles, or other oversized items
  • VHS tapes
  • Wooden items
  • Glass, ceramic, brittle plastic or any other toys that can easily break and leave sharp edges
  • Flowers, edible gifts or holiday treats
  • Any items that promote violent and aggressive behavior, including video games or DVDs
  • “Gently used” items

How Do I Send/Deliver My Donation?

We are unable to pick up any donated items.

There are 3 methods to support our toy program.

  1. Purchase items from our registry that ship direct to our office. Click here for a link to our toy registry.

  2. Ship your own brand-new, unused items or gift cards to us directly at this address:

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

  3. Drop-off donations in-person.
    • As soon as possible, fill out an intent to donate form, click here for the form. You must get approval for your potential donation before planning a drop-off.
      • Be advised, donation drop-off hours are limited and must be scheduled in advance in order to abide by all masking and physical-distancing requirements.

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

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

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

Donate Books

If you would like to donate reading books, please visit our Literally Healing Program for more information. You can also contact them at 323-361-4312 or LiterallyHealing@chla.usc.edu.

Thank you for your generosity!