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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 Christmas gift, or as a gift during one of our Child Life events. 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. For example, 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:

  • Recently purchased, clean, unused stuffed animals
  • New, clean, unused handmade items such as blankets, tote bags, and pillow cases (please make sure homemade items are free of pins)
  • New books, toys, games, or electronics (iPads, Nintendo DS, etc.)

We cannot take:

  • Used or old stuffed animals (due to infection prevention)
  • Used books, toys, games, or electronics (due to infection prevention)
  • Food items (due to dietary restrictions)
  • Latex balloons (due to latex allergies and choking hazards)
  • Anything with political, violent, or religious themes
  • Get-well cards made for our patients
  • Gift wrapped donations

We sometimes receive requests from individuals to come and 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, prevent the spread of infection, and maintain a calm and healing environment. To further help us with this, we strongly encourage you to refrain from bringing young children, to make sure you are free of illness, and to 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 Wish List

All items followed by a star (*) need to be new. Everything else can be new or gently used.


  • 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
  • Lullaby CDs

Toddlers and Preschoolers

  • Fun music CDs
  • 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

School-age Children

  • Bead or other craft kits*
  • Legos
  • Hot Wheel / Matchbox cars or trucks
  • Barbies*
  • Board games (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*
  • Outdoor balls


  • Gift cards in $10 increments (Walmart, Hastings, Barnes and Noble, Gap, Old Navy, iTunes, etc.)
  • Nail polish sets*
  • Diaries / journals / blank unlined notebooks*
  • Sports balls
  • Hand-held electronic games
  • 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


  • New release DVDs rated PG-13 and under (please, no VHS tapes)
  • Nintendo DS and DS games, rated T and under
  • iPads, iPad chargers
  • Fabric markers
  • Holiday gift bags, name tags, and ribbon*

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*

Due to a high volume of knit and crocheted hats, please call to check on current stock before donating.

It's Time for Santa's Toy Box

Accepting Toy Donations for Our Youngest Patients

When a child is admitted to the hospital, parents and families deal with enormous stress and strain. If an admission happens during the holiday season, the stress can be even greater. St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital created Santa’s Toy Box to partner with families in an effort to reduce holiday strain and to create a wonderful holiday experience during this otherwise stressful time.