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Donate to Santa's Toy Box

By Ken Dey, News and Community
December 8, 2010

BOISE, Idaho - Helping make the holidays a little brighter for St. Luke’s pediatric patients is the goal of the Santa’s Toy Box. The holiday program allows families in need, whose children are being treated at St. Luke’s, the opportunity to choose new toys and gifts for their children. Santa’s Toy Box is supported solely through donations. All donations can be dropped off at the pediatrics desk on the fourth floor of St. Luke's Boise Medical Center. For more information contact the Child Life office at (208) 381-4758. See below for a suggested list of items to donate:
Child Life Santa’s Toy Box Wish List
Items We Can Accept:
  • $10 to $20 gift cards from places such as Target, Old Navy, Barnes and Noble, Hastings, Wal-Mart (Please make cards non-holiday themed so they can be used throughout the year)
  • iTunes music cards
  • New toys, books and games (see list of appropriate suggestions below)
  • Craft kits and materials that are nontoxic
  • Non-violent video games for Wii, Playstation 3, Playstation 2, and Xbox 360 (Ratings should be Everyone through Teen)
  • I Pod touch/I pad
  • Gaming systems
  • Amazon Kindles
  • CD Player/radio
  • Outside sports equipment
  • New DVD movies (English and Spanish)
  • Books on CD
Items We Cannot Accept:
  • Used items such as fabric dolls, stuffed animals, cannot be accepted because of infection control and difficulty cleaning.
  • Food/candy; many of our patients are on special diets.
  • Rubber/latex balloons; latex allergy precautions and hazards of choking.
  • Religious material; because we serve children of various faiths and beliefs
Listed below are some suggested items for different age groups.

Infant/Toddler Items:

  • Stacking toys
  • Rattles, teethers
  • Push/pull toys
  • Shape sorters
  • Crib activity centers
  • Pop-up toys
  • Toy telephones
  • Plastic or board books
  • Lullaby tapes/CDs
  • Non breakable infant mirrors
  • Light up / musical toys
  • All plastic mobiles
  • Exersaucers, kick and plays, bouncy seats, crib gyms
Preschool
  • Cars and trucks
  • Dinosaurs
  • Farm animals
  • All plastic baby dolls
  • Balls
  • Fisher Price Medical Play Kit
  • Fisher Price Little people, house, farm, etc…
  • Light up / musical toys
  • Super hero/action figures
  • Magna Doodle
School-age
  • Magna Doodle
  • Etch-A-Sketch
  • board games
  • Coloring books and crayons
  • Legos
  • Children’s magazine subscription (please call the Child Life Office 381-4758)
  • Craft/Art kits (please call the Child Life Office 381-4758)
  • “I Spy” Books
  • Animals and doll house items
Teens
  • Card games/dice games
  • Appropriate Teen CDs
  • Plain white T-shirts (various teen sizes) for Tie-dying
  • Puff Paints
  • Beads for making jewelry
  • Scrap booking materials
  • Playing cards
  • Hand held games (Yahtzee, Uno, battleship, etc)
  • Stationary
  • Movie Passes
  • Gift Cards to Target, Music Stores, Barnes and Noble, Bath and Body Works, Wal-Mart, Toys R Us, food places, I Tunes and clothing stores.
  • Craft kits (please call the Child Life Office 381-4758)
  • Hair accessories, brushes, nail polish, spa items
  • Teen magazine subscriptions (please call the Child Life Office 381-4758)
  • Model cars, airplanes, glue, paint, etc…

About The Author

Ken Dey served as Public Relations Coordinator at St. Luke's from 2008-2014.

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