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Gillette 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 at the Gillette information desk by the fourth-floor entrance at our main St. Paul campus location. Please attach your name, phone number, and mailing address to the donation.

To comply with infection prevention protocols and to promote safety, we require 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 material 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.
  • Play-Doh 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.
  • Handheld electronic games.
  • Lego building blocks.
  • MagnaDoodles.
  • Magnetix.
  • Plastic animals and dinosaurs.
  • Science related projects.
  • Trains.
  • Scrapbooks and supplies.
  • Doll houses.
  • Books (recent and popular).

Teens and Young Adults

  • Wii games.
  • Baseball hats.
  • Sports jerseys and shirts.
  • Bath gel.
  • Scented lotion.
  • Word search and crossword books.
  • DVDs (recent and popular; G, PG, PG-13).
  • Books/novels (recent and popular).
  • Xbox 360 games (rated E, E 10+ and Teen).
  • iPod docks/radios/CD players.
  • Nail polish (latex free; OPI, Essie, Zoya).
  • CDs (recent and popular).
  • Sudoku books.
  • Music DVDs.
  • Hair accessories.
  • Xbox consoles.
  • Wii consoles.

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.
  • Handheld water toys.
  • Light-up toys.
  • Spinning globes.
  • Liquid timers or mazes.
  • Magic Eye books.
  • Pinwheels.
  • Plastic Slinkys.
  • Silly putty.
  • Sound books.
  • Stress balls.
  • Spaghetti balls.
  • Stretchy mice and cheese sensory toys.
  • Tangle therapy toys.
  • DNA stress balls.
  • I-spy books.
  • Kazoos.
  • Harmonicas.
  • Liquid Wave toys.
  • 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 (child and teen).
  • 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.
  • Sticker scenes.
  • Crayola model magic.
  • Scrapbooks and supplies.
  • Shrinky Dink supplies.
  • Modge Podge.
  • Play-Doh.
  • Gems.

Electronics

  • New release movie DVDs.
  • Batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, 9-volt).
  • iPad.
  • CDs.
  • Music CDs (popular, relaxation, kid).
  • Portable DVD players.
  • Handheld games.
  • Ear buds.
  • Headphones.
  • Xbox 360 games.
  • Wii games.
  • Laptops.

Gift Cards and Passes (for therapeutic outings)

  • Target gift cards.
  • Walmart gift cards.
  • Jimmy John's gift cards.
  • Lunds & Byerly's gift cards.
  • Mall of America gift cards.
  • Rosedale Center gift cards.
  • AMC movie passes.
  • Minnesota Science Museum passes.
  • Minnesota Zoo passes.

Clothing (boy and girl)

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