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Children admitted to Dayton Children’s and their families receive the finest medical treatment, emotional support and loving care available anywhere. But children have other special needs. Your gift of toys, books, games, and activities help brighten a child’s stay at Dayton Children's. These gift items are used for birthday presents, end-of-treatment gifts and to stock our play and waiting areas.

*Due to infection control policy we cannot accept used stuffed animals or toys. Due to food allergies and food labeling requirements we are not able to accept donations of food or candy for patients.

kids wish list: top ten items needed

top ten items needed (Please note that all items must be new. We cannot accept used items):

  • Infant/Toddler musical, light up or vibrating toys
  • Gift cards for Amazon, Wal-Mart, Meijer, Target, iTunes, area restaurants
  • Small/medium lego sets
  • Matchbox cars
  • Infant Teethers, Rattles
  • Play-doh & Play-doh sets
  • My Little Pony figures and playsets
  • Littlest Pet Shop figures and playsets
  • Word search books
  • Playing cards, Uno, Go Fish, Skip-Bo

items needed by age

infant and toddler

  • Plastic, musical, light up or vibrating toys
  • Rattles, teethers, plastic crib links
  • Board books (all cardboard pages)
  • See-N-Say toys

preschool

  • Crayola crayons, markers and coloring books
  • Little Tikes and Fisher Price toys (Little People, animals, school bus, airplane, cars, play phone)
  • Matchbox/Hotwheels cars/trucks
  • My Little Pony/Littlest Pet Shop toys
  • Play-doh and Play-doh kits
  • Culturally diverse baby dolls & Barbie dolls
  • New, small stuffed animals (must be new)

school age

  • Action figures, transformers
  • Small/medium lego sets
  • Toy dinosaurs, insects, animals
  • Cards - Uno, playing cards, Go Fish, Old Maid, Skip-Bo
  • Over the door basketball hoops
  • Arts & crafts kits
  • Fingernail polish, Lip Smackers chapstick
  • Word search, Mad Lib, crossword puzzle books
  • Adult coloring books,sketch pads, colored pencils
  • Gift cards: Amazon, Target, Walmart, iTunes
  • Model kits-snap together car, plane etc…
  • Fleece blankets (rolled)

items to make

  • Activity bags - Paper or ziplock bags filled with fun activities: stickers, coloring sheets, word search puzzles, crayons or colored pencils, glue sticks, craft kits with instructions, decks of cards. No food or candy.
  • Toiletry kits (for older teens and parents) - Ziplock bags with toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, comb
  • Fleece blankets or quilts- twin bed size

let us do the shopping for you

Make an online donation to child life. Funds are used to provide activities, toys and gifts for patients. Monetary donations enable the child life department to purchase items as they are needed, resulting in reduced storage needs and the ability to purchase needed items. Click here to make an online gift and specify the child life department.

dropping off items

Items for child life can be dropped off at the welcome center at Dayton Children’s main campus Monday - Friday between 9:00 am - 6:00 pm. You will be asked to complete a short donation form for acknowledgment purposes. If you are bringing a large donation (100 items or more) please call 937-641-3303 in advance to make an appointment for your drop off.

give contact

Whether you want to give a one time, monthly or planned gift to Dayton Children’s we greatly appreciate your support.

make a gift

Do you have questions about giving to Dayton Children’s? Contact our Foundation at 937-641-3405 or send us an email.

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