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:
- Request our current wish list of items for our hospital on Anschutz Medical Campus by emailing the Association of Volunteers or calling 720-777-6887.
- Request our current wish list for Southern Colorado and Colorado Springs by emailing the Colorado Springs Association of Volunteers or by calling 719-305-7042.
- 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.
Please bring donations to the following locations:
Note: Due to coronavirus precautions, a volunteer or team member will meet you outside if you are dropping off donations until further notice.
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
Children’s Colorado’s wish list
Please check with our individual locations for their current wish list, but we’re always looking for the following items:
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 (0-18 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 and craft kits
- Lego®, Duplo® and Mega Bloks® (all sizes/skill level)
- Medical and first responder action figures and play kits
- Dry-erase boards and markers
- NERF™ basketball hoops
- Books, including Spanish books and “search and find” books
- Magnetic building tiles
- Mini cars and track sets
- Nintendo Switch™ gaming systems and games
- 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