Child and Family Services Wish List

Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare appreciates donations of items to benefit patients and families. Gifts of toys, games, books, crafts and electronics can brighten a child’s hospital stay. We use donated items as birthday gifts, prizes, and to stock hospital playrooms or toy cabinets.

You can make arrangements to drop off donations by calling the Child Life and Therapeutic Recreation staff at 651-229-3936 or simply drop off your donation to the Gillette information desk by the 4th floor entrance. Please attach your name, phone number, and mailing address to the donation.

To comply with infection prevention and promote safety, we ask that:

  • Stuffed toys must be brand new with tags
  • Toys and games must have non-fabric, washable surfaces
  • Toys must be latex-free. Items made of soft rubber (such as Koosh balls) or other balloon-like rubber materal can trigger serious allergic reactions in our patients.

The items listed below are appropriate items for donation. If you have questions about this list or our most current needs, please contact the Child Life and Therapeutic Recreation staff at 651-229-3936.


Infants/Toddlers           

  • Board Books
  • DUPLO blocks
  • Tiger Mobile by Kaplan
  • Music boxes
  • Rattles
  • Shape sorters
  • Teethers
  • Musical toys
  • Baby Einstein toys

Preschoolers

  • Plastic baby dolls
  • Puzzles (4-25 piece)
  • Fischer Price people and vehicles
  • Matchbox cars
  • PlayDoh Toys
  • Pop-up books
  • Trains
  • Thomas the Tank Engine toys
  • Trucks
  • Tractors
  • Books

School-Age

  • Action figures
  • Barbie dolls and clothes
  • Lego kits
  • Lego City sets
  • Craft kits
  • Journals
  • Flavored lip balm
  • Fun pads
  • Hand-held electronic games
  • Lego building blocks
  • MagnaDoodles
  • Magnetix
  • Plastic animals and dinosaurs
  • Science related projects
  • Trains
  • Scrapbooks and supplies
  • Doll house
  • Books (recent and popular)

Teens and Young Adult

  • Wii games
  • Baseball hats
  • Sports jerseys and shirts
  • iTunes, Target, Walmart and Best Buy gift cards
  • Bath gel
  • Scented lotion
  • Word search and crossword books
  • DVDs (recent and popular; G, PG, PG-13)
  • Books/Novels (recent and popular)
  • X-box 360 games (rated E, E 10+ and Teen)
  • iPod dock/radio/CD player
  • Nail polish (latex free; OPI, Essie, Zoya)
  • CDs (recent and popular)
  • Sudoku books
  • Music DVDs
  • Hair accessories
  • X-box console
  • Wii console

Games

  • Bop-it
  • Chess
  • Checkers
  • Connect Four
  • Guess Who?
  • Jenga
  • Outburst Junior
  • Apples to Apples (original and junior)
  • Sequence (original and junior)
  • Monopoly (original and junior)
  • Phase 10
  • Playing cards
  • UNO
  • SkipBo
  • Sorry
  • Taboo
  • Trivial Pursuit (original and junior)
  • Trouble
  • Yahtzee
  • Heads Up
  • Card holders

Distraction and Therapeutic Items
(To help patients cope with procedures)

  • Band-Aids (latex-free; kid designs)
  • Sound machines
  • Medical play kits
  • Glitter wands
  • Hand-held water toys
  • Light-up toys
  • Spinning globe
  • Liquid timers or mazes
  • Magic Eye books
  • Pin wheels
  • Plastic slinky
  • Silly putty
  • Sound books
  • Stress balls
  • I-spy books
  • Kazoo
  • Harmonica
  • Jingle Bells
  • Egg shakers

Arts and Crafts

  • Duct tape (colored and design)
  • Composition notebooks
  • 3-ring binders, 1”
  • Acrylic paints
  • Beads
  • Ceramics (unpainted)
  • Scissors (child-friendly)
  • Colored pencils
  • Coloring books
  • Construction paper
  • Crayola Color Wonder
  • Window markers/paints
  • Crayons
  • Cardstock
  • Elmer’s glue (bottles and sticks)
  • Fabric paints and markers
  • Foam craft projects
  • Permanent markers (colored)
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Plain t-shirts and hats
  • Sand art kits
  • Stickers
  • Washable markers
  • Washable paints
  • Wood projects
  • Yarn or string
  • Fuse beads
  • Sculpey brand clay
  • Crayola model magic
  • Scrapbooks and supplies
  • Shrinky Dink supplies
  • Modge Podge
  • Play-doh

Electronics

  • Nintendo DS & games
  • Batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, 9-volt)
  • i-pad
  • CDs
  • Music CDs (popular, relaxation, kid)
  • Portable DVD player
  • Hand-held games
  • Ear buds
  • Headphones
  • X-box 360 games
  • PSP & games
  • Laptops

Gift Cards

  • iTunes ($10, $15, $25)
  • Target
  • Walmart

Clothing (Boy and Girl)

  • Pajama sets (youth & adult)
  • Sweatpants/pajama pants
  • T-shirts
  • Sweatshirts
  • Socks
  • Gloves
  • Mittens
  • Slippers
  • Scarves
  • Kids' underwear