Children's Hospital Colorado

Make an In-Kind Donation

Donated items, or gifts in-kind, can help comfort and entertain children during a stay at Children's Hospital Colorado.

How we use donations throughout the year

We rely on donations of new toys, books, stuffed animals, craft materials and other gifts throughout the year, not just at the holidays. We typically keep them in the many playrooms throughout the hospital to help children and families feel at home.

Our therapists and child life specialists use these donations as part of a child’s treatment plan. Play supports a child’s healing process and eases what can sometimes be a stressful experience for families. Kids can also choose a gift to celebrate exciting events, like birthdays, holidays or finishing a procedure or treatment plan.

How to make an in-kind donation to Children’s Colorado

We’re looking for donations for children of all ages. Newborns, infants, toddlers and adolescents are the age groups in greatest need. You can request a list of age-specific items by contacting the Association of Volunteers via the contact information below. Here’s how to donate:

  • Please review our list of donation guidelines below and ensure that your items meet the criteria.
  • Bring the items to the hospital, using the instructions we provide.
  • We’ll provide a tax receipt for your files.

Where to donate

Please bring or mail donations to the following locations:


Children's Hospital Colorado, North Campus

Association of Volunteers 

469 State Highway 7

Broomfield, CO 80023


Highlands Ranch

Children’s Hospital Colorado, South Campus  

Association of Volunteers 

1811 Plaza Dr

Highlands Ranch, CO 80129



Children's Hospital Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus

Association of Volunteers 

13123 East 16th Avenue, B465

Aurora, CO 80045

Request our current wish list of items for this location by emailing or calling 720-777-6887.


Colorado Springs

Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs  

Association of Volunteers 

4090 Briargate Pkwy 

Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Request our current wish list for Southern Colorado by emailing or calling 719-305-7042.

If you prefer to deliver your gifts in person, please call the Association of Volunteers office prior to your arrival so a volunteer can meet you at the main entrance. Receiving gifts in the mail or at the main entrance allows us to provide a protective environment for patients, donors and team members.

In-kind donation guidelines

To help you find the right items to donate, please keep in mind:

  • Items must be brand-new and in their original packaging. We cannot accept used items, due to infection control guidelines.
  • We cannot accept:
    • Toys that depict violence, such as guns or swords, NERF™ guns or figurines armed with weapons
    • Games that are rated "M" or movies that are rated "R"
    • Crocheted or hand-knitted items
    • Food products
    • Potted plants
    • Latex balloons
    • Branded items that promote companies or charities

Donate fleece blankets to Children's Colorado

Children's Colorado is always in need of donations of fleece blankets to provide comfort and warmth to our patients during their hospital stay. The hand-tied blankets are not only simple to make — no sewing required! — but they also give children the power of choice during a time when personal choices are limited.

We accept donations of blankets by mail or at our four hospital locations. If you prefer to drop off the blankets in person, please contact our Association of Volunteers in advance.

Download our easy-to-follow blanket-making instructions to get started.

Children’s Colorado’s wish list

Needs and wish lists vary by location, but we’re always looking for the items below. We also have wish lists available online with Amazon and Target for your consideration. Target and Amazon are not exclusive partners or vendors of Children's Colorado, we welcome the gift of toys for our patients from all retailers. 

For babies and toddlers

  • Toys, including light-up, interactive and musical toys, and infant mobiles
  • Music and activity boxes that attach to cribs
  • Board books, including books in Spanish and recordable or interactive books
  • Rattles and teethers
  • Clothing (0 to 18 months)

For older children

  • Sensory toys, such as wand spinners and stress balls
  • Art supplies, such as paint, paintbrushes, colored pencils, markers, crayons, pastels, artists’ charcoal, sketch pads, play dough, modeling clay, coloring books, bead kits and craft kits
  • Stuffed animals
  • Lego®, Duplo® and Mega Bloks® (all sizes and skill levels)
  • Medical play kits
  • "Thank you, heroes" medical action figures
  • Dry-erase boards and markers
  • Play-doh or similar putty
  • NERF™ basketball hoops
  • Books, including Spanish books and “search and find” books
  • Journals
  • Magnetic building tiles
  • Mini cars and track sets
  • Nintendo Switch™ gaming systems and games
  • Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
  • Sphero Bolt
  • Ring Fit Adventure
  • Gift cards in any amount, including Amazon, Target, Wal-Mart, Visa and Netflix
  • Playing cards, Uno, Phase 10, Skip-Bo
  • Bluetooth earbuds, headphones and speakers

On behalf of our patients, thank you for your kindness and generosity!