Donate Toys, Games and Supplies to Child Life

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We appreciate your interest in supporting our patients at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). All donations directly benefit: the Child Life, Education and Creative Arts Therapy Department. Since thousands of children visit our facilities each year, we always have an ongoing need for new toys, craft supplies, books, video games and movies. Our Child Life Wish List provides information about what kinds of items we are in most need of at any given time.

Please Note: At this time, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our team is unable to personally meet with any donors at the time of drop off, until further notice. You are welcome to drop off your items at our Main Information Desk or ship your donations directly to the hospital. Please contact Dee Rodriguez before doing so, and we are happy to help assist in anyway. Thank you for understanding and for your continued support of CHOP!

Items we can accept

For the safety of all patients, all donations must be brand new and recently purchased. It is recommended that all items are purchased directly from our Child Life Wish List, or our Amazon Wish List including brand names, as we know these are the safest items for our patients and families. 

All donations can be coordinated by emailing Dee Rodriguez.

If you are interested in making a donation of brand-new books for children and adolescents to the inpatient units and Buerger Center, please email Dee.

If you are interested in donating gently used children’s books, which CHOP’s Reach Out and Read program at the primary care centers can accept, please email Reach Out and Read or call Alison at 215-590-5989 and press 3.

Items we cannot accept

For infection control reasons, please review the guidelines below of items that we cannot accept.

Patients at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia are often at high risk of acquiring an infection or illness. For this reason, we must not expose them to items that could bring them in contact with viruses or bacteria that might compromise their health.

Items we cannot accept include:

  • Used items including: toys, clothes, electronics, etc.
  • Items that have been held in storage/collector's items
  • All fabrics MUST be washed in a non-fragrant detergent, dried and individually bagged in a sealed bag, i.e.: one item per sealed zip lock bag
  • Gift wrapped or bagged items
  • Handwritten notes, messages, cards, etc.
  • Handmade crafts, bracelets, jewelry, etc.
  • Candy or food-related items
  • Violent themed toys, games, movies and books

If you have gently used toys or fabric items to donate, local shelters and churches are often in need of such items.

Monetary donations

To make a monetary donation, please call Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation at 267-426-6500 or make a donation online.

Drop-off instructions

All donations can be dropped off by the front desk in the main lobby at 3401 Civic Center Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Please put attention to Child Life.

If you prefer to mail your donations of brand-new items, please use the following address:

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Attn: Dee Rodriguez
Child Life Office, 6th Floor, Wood Building
3401 Civic Center Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19104

To ensure proper follow-up and acknowledgement of your donation, please complete a donor form before or at the time of your donation.

Please note: Due to infection control policies as well as patient & family safety, donors cannot distribute gifts to patients directly and large groups and/or large vehicles are highly discouraged at the time of drop-off.

We looking forward to making your drop-off most meaningful, so our team appreciates your understanding in advance!