Donate Toys, Games and Supplies to Child Life

We appreciate your interest in supporting the children at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) as well as Child Life, Education and Creative Arts Therapy. Because thousands of children visit our many facilities each year, we have an ongoing need for new toys, craft supplies, books, video games and movies.

Our holiday wish list is now available and provides information about what kinds of toys/materials we are most in need of at this time of the year.

Please note: our holiday donation deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. All donation drop-offs must be scheduled in advance. If you are unable to make your donation by Dec. 18, we will begin accepting again in the new year.

Items we can accept

For the safety of all patients, all donations must be new and safe (non-toxic). We recommend that all items are purchased directly from our wish list, including brand names, as we know these are the safest items for our patients and families. 

Items we cannot accept

For infection control reasons, we cannot accept used toys and discourage donation of toys made of fabric or wood.

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 toys
  • Items that have been held in storage
  • Wrapped or hand-decorated boxes/bags
  • Collector's items
  • Cloth items, including stuffed animals
  • Handmade items
  • Handmade cards and crafts
  • Handwritten notes/messages
  • Food 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.

Drop-off instructions

For all holiday donations, drop-off date and time need to be requested and confirmed with Matt Piontkowski.

Due to patient privacy, donors are not allowed to deliver directly to patients.

We are unable to accommodate large groups or vehicles at the time of drop-off.