Ways to Help

Donating Toys, Books or Family Items


Donating items like these are a great way to support Phoenix Children’s Hospital!

However, what can be accepted has limitations. The general guidelines are explained below, or link to a specific topic:

General Guidelines

Items donated are given to patients by our Child Life Team to celebrate holidays, birthdays and achievements in their treatment. Each patient that is about to go into surgery is given a brand new stuffed animal. They also help supply our playrooms and help patients through particularly tough days.

We are often in need of infant toys and games for teens. For a complete listing of items most needed please visit the Child Life Wish List.

  • Toys and stuffed animals: Due to infection control guidelines, all toy and stuffed animal donations must be brand new with tags still attached and in their original packaging.
  • We cannot accept toys that are violent in nature or have weapon accessories or toys that include any food or candy.
  • If the items you would like to donate are not new or in original packaging, please consider donating them to other charitable organizations such as UMOM or Family Promise.
  • All donations can be dropped off at the Main Lobby desk at the Thomas Road main campus.
  • If it is a large donation, please let us know so that we can arrange to meet you in the lobby.

Holiday Toy Drives: TOY DRIVE map hours and donations guide   
Each year unwrapped new toys are accepted from toy drives held by companies, community organizations and individual donors. Every child admitted to the hospital over the holiday will receive a toy. Any holiday donations that are not distributed help sustain our ability to give toys to children in the hospital throughout the year. Please link to the donations guide above for more information and collection dates and times.

Donations for other Family Centered Care Programs

There are several programs at Phoenix Children’s Hospital that rely solely on donations:

Clothing Closet: Our clothing closet is always accepting donations of NEW clothes like those listed below. For various reasons, a patient may not have clothes to wear when they get to go home, and parents may not have a change of clothes for long stays at the hospital:

  • Baby clothes
  • Large and X-Large shirts and elastic waist pants
  • Large child sizes of underwear and sports bras
  • Adult clothing for parents​

The Coffee Cart: provides free coffee and refreshments to families, visitors, and staff.

  • “Zip-Loc”  Snack sized bags
  • Store bought cookies (may not be homemade)
  • Snacks – granola bars, fruit snacks, small bags of chips, crackers, pretzels

Emily Center Library Book Cart: The Book Cart offers free NEW books to the patients and their families. Books must be new due to infection control.

  • Baby board books for ages 0-3 years
  • Princess books
  • Children’s books written in Spanish
  • Golden Books

The Family Care Cart provides families with essentials and other comfort items when they have to spend extended periods of time at the hospital.

  • Personal hygiene items (individual travel sized - shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, lip balm, etc.)
  • Hair accessories – hair brushes, hair clips,  pony tail holders, hair detangler
  • Non-skid socks - new
  • Adult size blankets – new
  • Decks of cards - new
  • Sudoku games /word search games, etc. - new
  • Coloring books/crayons - new

Food Pantry: When children have to stay in the hospital for long periods of time, their parents or caregivers often have to buy meals from the hospital Cafeteria. The food pantry provides convenience and some financial relief to the families who are here for extended periods of time. Donations must be "Single serving". Suggestions:

  • Single serving peanut butter
  • Microwaveable macaroni and cheese, Cup o’ Noodles
  • Single serving cereal boxes/oatmeal
  • Individually wrapped granola bars/ crackers
  • Single serving fruit cups/applesauce cups
  • Easy-to-open canned pasta/chili

Pastoral Care: The Pastoral Care team provides support in all faiths to patients and families at the hospital. Needed items:

  • Rosaries
  • Crosses
  • Bibles, New Testaments, Book of Mormon, etc.

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