Inkind Donation FAQs
What things does Children’s need most?
Where and when can I donate items?
Can I donate stuffed animals?
My kids have some toys they’ve outgrown. Can Children’s use them?
Can I come with my kids or group to deliver gifts directly to a patient or patients?
My class or group would like to make blankets. What types and sizes work best?
I’m a knitter and would like to knit items. What things to you need most?
I’d like to donate books. Do you accept new or used books?
Spending time in the hospital can be difficult for children and their families. Special toys and activities, however, can help make their hospital experience less stressful. You can help by providing the gift of new toys, crafts, and other items for children of all ages — infants through teens. To help facilitate your gift, Children's has developed a Wish List of items needed throughout the hospital, including at the bedside and in our playrooms. You can find the wish list of toys and gift online: Click here.
Donations can be dropped off at either our Minneapolis or St. Paul hospitals. When you arrive you can bring your items to one of our Welcome Desks where the staff will have you fill out a donation form, which will then be processed and a receipt will be mailed to you. If you prefer to mail your items, send them to the hospital addresses and to the attention of "Child Life Department". For addresses and directions, please click here.
Clean, new stuffed animals can be donated to Children’s and our Child Life team will distribute these to patients.
Out of concern for the safety, immunity and allergies of many of our patients, we are unable to accept donations of toys that have been previously played with or part of private collections.
Children’s accepts and regularly distributes blankets. Fleece is preferred since it's non-allergenic. Remember that we see patients from preemies to 18 YOs, so a variety of sizes, patterns, and colors is appreciated.
We can accept and use knit items, especially for preemies and newborns. Hats of all sizes and scarfs and mittens are the items we use most.
We are able to accept donations of books. New books are preferred. We can also use lightly used books that are sturdy enough to be sanitized.