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St. Luke's Children's Hospital Donation Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in donating to St. Luke's Children's Hospital. Our patients, ranging in age from newborn to 17 years, rely on the generous donations of people like you to make their hospital stay more comfortable.

Our Child Life staff takes great care in making sure your gifts are put to their best use. Your donation may go to a child as a way to welcome him or her to the hospital, as a prize for getting through a procedure, as a birthday or holiday gift. Your donation may also be used in one of our playrooms or with individual patients at the bedside.

Hospitalized children have special health needs, so we must be extra careful with the types of gifts we can accept. All donations must be newly purchased or made. No used items are accepted. Also, dust, smells (such as smoke and perfume), and animal hair can be harmful to kids who are already sick. We ask that you please consider the following guidelines when choosing your items:

We can take:

  • Toys, books, games, art supplies, stuffed animals, etc. (recently purchased and unused)
  • Handmade items such as blankets, tote bags, pillow cases, etc. (newly made, unused, clean, free of pins and odors, such as cigarette smoke)
  • Food items (non-expired, single serving, in original packaging)

We cannot take:

  • Used or old stuffed animals
  • Used books, toys, games, art supplies, etc.
  • Latex balloons
  • Anything with political, violent, or religious themes
  • Handmade cards for our patients, such as valentine cards or get well cards (these items are better received by individuals in an adult level of development, such as the elderly, as opposed to children in a younger phase of emotional development)
  • Gift wrapped donations
  • Knit hats (due to high volume and low need)

We sometimes receive requests from individuals to hand out gifts directly to our patients. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate these requests, as it’s important for us to protect our patients’ privacy and prevent the spread of infection. When you delivery your donation, we require that you: 1) refrain from bringing young children, 2) make sure you are free of illness, and 3) schedule a time for your donation drop-off.

We can generally accommodate donation drop-offs for the Children's Hospital from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. To schedule a donation drop-off, please call the Children's Hospital Child Life office at (208) 381-4758.

Toy Donation Guidelines


  • Cloth wrist rattles
  • Plastic rattles
  • Small stuffed animals with fabric eyes
  • Cloth, plastic, or board books (in English and Spanish)*
  • MamaRoo swings
  • All-plastic mobiles
  • Bouncy seats
  • Crib gyms
  • Stacking toys
  • Crib mirrors
  • Light-up musical toys
  • Crib music boxes
  • Teethers

Toddlers and Preschoolers

  • Dolls
  • Books (in English and Spanish)*
  • Shape sorters, pop-up toys
  • Sturdy toys with few parts
  • Stuffed animals
  • Drawing pads, Crayola crayons, markers*
  • Stickers
  • Safety scissors
  • Play-doh*
  • Preschool-age games (Don’t Break the Ice, Candy Land,  Hi-Ho Cherry-O, etc.) and card games (Go Fish, Old Maid)
  • Dinosaurs, animals, Little People
  • Play cell phones
  • Wooden peg puzzles, 24 piece puzzles
  • Bubbles*

School-age Children

  • Art sets, art supplies
  • Fabric markers/paint
  • Craft kits
  • Legos
  • Cars or trucks
  • Barbies
  • Board games (Monopoly, Battleship, Sorry, Life, Guess Who, Connect Four, etc.)*
  • Puzzles, 300 pieces or less
  • Action figures
  • Books*
  • Velvet posters, coloring books
  • Various arts and craft supplies (paints, markers, Crayola crayons, stickers)
  • Model magic, foam dough, modeling clay
  • Card games (Skip-bo, Uno, Uno Attack)*
  • Wooden or ceramic objects for painting


  • Gift cards in $10 increments (Walmart, Hastings, Barnes and Noble, Gap, Old Navy, iTunes, Dutch Bros, etc.)
  • Nail polish sets
  • Diaries / journals / blank unlined notebooks
  • Sports balls
  • Regular playing cards*
  • Board games (Apples to Apples, Phase 10 dice, Yahtzee)
  • Stretched canvases for painting
  • Acrylic paints in small bottles and paint brushes
  • Puzzle books (crossword, sudoku, word searches)*
  • Artist-quality markers, colored pencils, etc.
  • Fun ballpoint pens/gel pens
  • Thin felt-tip markers and colored pencils*
  • Intricate coloring books


  • New release DVDs rated PG-13 and under (please, no VHS tapes)
  • Holiday gift bags, name tags, and ribbon
  • Stress balls*
  • Flavored chapstick
  • Fidget spinners and other fidget toys

Clothing / Handmade Items

  • Underwear, size 3T and up
  • Sweat pants, pajama bottoms, or shorts size 2T and up
  • Bibs
  • Quilts / fleece blankets
  • Tote bags
  • Handmade fun-print pillow cases
  • Note: knit hats are not accepted

*High-use items are bolded and marked with an asterisk. If donating, please consider these items first.