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:

  • All items 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

  • DUPLO blocks.
  • Tiger Mobile by Kaplan.
  • Rattles/small infant toys. 
  • Shape sorters.
  • Musical toys.
  • Baby Einstein toys.

Preschoolers

  • Plastic baby dolls.
  • Puzzles (4-25 piece).
  • Fischer Price people and vehicles.
  • Matchbox cars.
  • Play-Doh and Play-Doh toys.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head. 
  • Trains/trucks. 
  • Tractors.
  • Small vehicles. 

School-Age

  • Action figures.
  • Barbie dolls and clothes.
  • Lego sets.
  • Craft kits.
  • Flavored lip balm.
  • MagnaDoodles.
  • Magformers/magnatiles.
  • Plastic animals and dinosaurs.
  • Science related projects.
  • Trains.
  • Doll accessories.

Teens and Young Adults

  • Combs/brushes.
  • Wireless headphones/earbuds. 
  • Baseball hats.
  • Sports jerseys and shirts.
  • Bath gel.
  • DVDs (recent and popular; G, PG, PG-13).
  • Xbox 360 games (rated E, E 10+ and Teen).
  • Nail polish (latex free; OPI, Essie, Zoya).
  • CDs (recent and popular).
  • Puzzle books.
  • Wireless X-box 360 controllers.
  • Wireless speakers.

Games

  • Bop-it.
  • Candyland.
  • Chutes & Ladders.
  • Checkers.
  • Connect Four.
  • Guess Who?
  • Jenga.
  • Apples to Apples (original and junior). 
  • Sequence (original and junior).
  • Monopoly (original and junior).
  • Playing card games.
  • Sorry.
  • Trouble.
  • Yahtzee.
  • Heads Up.
  • Card holders.
  • Games for a variety of ages. 

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

  • Band-Aids (latex-free; kid designs).
  • Bubbles.
  • Sound machines.
  • Medical play kits.
  • Glitter wands.
  • Liquid wave toys.
  • Light-up toys.
  • Spinning globes.
  • Liquid timers or mazes.
  • Magic Eye books.
  • Pinwheels.
  • Plastic Slinkys.
  • Silly putty.
  • Sound books.
  • Stress balls.
  • Spaghetti balls.
  • Jingle bells.
  • Egg shakers.
  • Fidget spinners. 
  • Squigz.

Arts and Crafts

  • Acrylic paints. 
  • Duct tape (colored and design).
  • 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).
  • Glue dots.
  • 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.
  • Crayola model magic.
  • Shrinky Dink supplies.
  • Modge Podge.
  • Play-Doh.
  • Gems.

Miscellaneous for All Ages

  • Books.
  • DVDs.
  • CDs.
  • Xbox 360 games.
  • Blankets.

Gift Cards and Passes (for therapeutic outings)

  • iTunes ($10, $15 and $25) gift cards. 
  • 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.
  • Socks.
  • Gloves.
  • Mittens.
  • Slippers.
  • Scarves.