Ways to Give
Children's Hospital Wish List
For Children in our Pediatrics Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Thank you for your generous thoughtfulness toward the children and families at
St. Luke's Children's Hospital. Every donation makes a difference to our kids
and teens.

Our Child Life specialists take great care in making sure your gifts are put to their best use. Your donation may go to an individual child as a way to welcome him or her to the hospital, as a prize for getting through a procedure, as a birthday or Christmas gift, or as a gift during one of our Child Life events. Your donation may also be used in one of our playrooms or with individual patients at the bedside.

Hospitalized children have special health needs, so we must be extra careful with the types of gifts we can accept. For example, dust, smells (such as smoke and perfume), and animal hair can be harmful to kids who are already sick. We ask that you please consider the following guidelines when choosing your items:

What we can take:

  • Recently purchased, clean, unused stuffed animals
  • New, clean, unused handmade items such as blankets, tote bags, and pillow cases (please make sure they are free of pins)
  • New and gently used books, toys, games, or electronics (iPads, Nintendo DS, etc.)

What we cannot take:

  • Used or old stuffed animals (due to infection control)
  • Food items (due to dietary restrictions)
  • Latex balloons (due to latex allergies and choking hazards)
  • Anything with political, violent, or religious themes
  • Get-well cards made for our patients
  • Gift wrapped donations

Due to a high volume of knit and crocheted hats, please call to check on current stock before donating.

We sometimes receive requests from individuals to come and hand out gifts directly to our patients. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate these requests, as it is important for us to protect our patients’ privacy, prevent the spread of infection, and maintain a calm and healing environment. To further help us with this, we strongly encourage you to refrain from bringing young children, to make sure you are free of illness, and to schedule a time for your donation drop-off.

We can generally accommodate donation drop-offs for the Children's Hospital from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. To schedule a donation drop-off, please call the Children's Hospital Child Life office at (208) 381-4758.

December Donations
During the holiday season, donated toys are used to create our Santa’s Toy Box program. Families admitted during the days prior to and on Christmas day are invited to go to Santa’s Toy Box and pick out items for the patient, as well as other siblings in the home. All gifts are donated by the community and arranged into a magical “shopping area” complete with holiday decorations, music, and refreshments.

To help us better prepare for Santa’s Toy Box, please consider dropping off your donation by December 20. Learn how you can take part in this wonderful holiday tradition!

Suggestions from St. Luke's Child Life Specialists

All items followed by * need to be new. Everything else can be new or gently used.


  • Cloth wrist rattles*
  • Plastic rattles
  • Small stuffed animals with fabric eyes*
  • Cloth*, plastic, or board books (in English and Spanish)
  • MamaRoo swings
  • All-plastic mobiles
  • Bouncy seats
  • Crib gyms
  • Stacking toys
  • Crib mirrors
  • Light-up musical toys
  • Crib music boxes
  • Teethers
  • Lullaby CDs

Toddlers and Preschoolers

  • Fun music CDs
  • Dolls*
  • Books (in English and Spanish)
  • Shape sorters, pop-up toys
  • Sturdy toys with few parts
  • Stuffed animals*
  • Drawing pads, Crayola crayons, markers*
  • Stickers*
  • Safety scissors*
  • Play-doh*
  • Preschool-age games (Don’t Break the Ice, Candy Land,  Hi-Ho Cherrio, etc.) and card games (Go Fish, Old Maid)
  • Dinosaurs, animals, Little People
  • Play cell phones
  • Wooden peg puzzles, 24 piece puzzles

School-age Children

  • Bead or other craft kits*
  • Legos
  • Hotwheel / Matchbox cars or trucks
  • Barbies*
  • Board games (Battleship, Sorry, Life, Guess Who, Connect Four, etc.)
  • Puzzles, 300 pieces or less
  • Action figures
  • Books
  • Velvet posters, coloring books*
  • Various arts and craft supplies (paints, markers, Crayola crayons, stickers)*
  • Model magic, foam dough, modeling clay*
  • Card games (Skip-bo, Uno, Uno Attack)
  • Wooden or ceramic objects for painting*
  • Outdoor balls


  • Gift cards in $10 increments (Walmart, Hastings, Barnes and Noble, Gap, Old Navy, iTunes, etc.)
  • Nail polish sets*
  • Diaries / journals / blank unlined notebooks*
  • Sports balls
  • Hand-held electronic games
  • Regular playing cards
  • Board games (Apples to Apples, Phase 10 dice, Yahtzee)
  • Stretched canvases for painting*
  • Acrylic paints in small bottles and paint brushes
  • Puzzle books (crossword, sudoku, word searches)*
  • Artist-quality markers, colored pencils, etc.
  • Fun ballpoint pens


  • New release DVDs rated PG-13 and under (please, no VHS tapes)
  • Nintendo DS and DS games, rated T and under
  • iPads, iPad chargers
  • Fabric markers
  • Holiday gift bags, name tags, and ribbon*

Clothing / Handmade Items

  • Underwear, size 3T and up*
  • Sweat pants, pajama bottoms, or shorts size 2T and up
  • Bibs
  • Quilts / fleece blankets*
  • Tote bags*
  • Handmade fun-print pillow cases*

Due to a high volume of knit and crocheted hats, please call to check on current stock before donating.

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