Donating toys or other items to our patients

Your donations can make a child’s experience at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin even better. Whether giving financially, in-kind or giving your time, our patients benefit. A popular option is to donate new, unused toys, making our kids’ stays more comfortable, helping them heal.

Toy donation guidelines

We welcome your generosity. However, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is only able to accept gifts of new, unused toys. In the spirit of health, we must be cautious about infection control.

Read our wish list and guidelines to learn about the types of donated toys we are able to accept.

Video: How to donate toys this holiday season

Your gifts make kids smile

We rely on your generous gifts to make their time in the hospital easier. Sometimes there are moments when our patients are scared. In these moments, to ease fear and anxiety, our staff can use toys to quell a patient’s fears.

Many times when a child wakes up after surgery, they find a new stuffed animal by their side comforting them as they recover. A birthday spent in the hospital or a treatment milestone can be made a bit more special with a kid-friendly surprise. Know that the little things have a huge impact. Your gifts make kids smile!

Our most popular donated items include:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Board games
  • Books
  • Blankets
  • DVDs
  • Video games

Organize a toy drive

If you are interested in organizing a toy drive, we ask that you first review these guidelines. To get started, complete this online form

Dropping off your toy donation

We encourage you to learn about dropping off your toys in our Milwaukee and Neenah locations. If you have additional questions, we invite you to email us or call our toy donation hotline in Milwaukee at (414) 266-2787 or in Neenah at (920) 969-5355.

Become a volunteer: Donate your time and talents

Whether you're sharing your time or your talents, we encourage you to explore the many ways in which you can give back. Learn about volunteering at the hospital.