Donating toys and other items

Your generous gifts can make a big difference to the kids we serve in our hospitals and clinics. Donated toys and other items help comfort kids and ease their fear and anxiety, like when a child wakes up after surgery with a new stuffed animal by their side, and treatment milestones or birthdays spent in the hospital are made special with kid-friendly surprises. Thank you for helping to make kids smile!

  • View our wish list — see the list of toys and items we are in need of
  • Watch our video about the types of donated toys we are able to accept. Children’s is happy to accept new, unused toys in their original packaging.
  • Drop off your donations at our Milwaukee or Neenah locations

Organizing a toy or donation drive

Thank you for your efforts to make a difference in the lives of the kids we serve! We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our community during the holiday season, but please keep in mind that our need for toys remains constant throughout the year. Our greatest needs are in the months of March through August. Please read our wish list to review the types of items we are able to accept.

To organize your own donation drive, please:

  1. Download and read the Toy or Other In-kind Donation Drive Agreement (PDF)
  2. Download and read the Use of Children's Hospital Name and Logo Guidelines (PDF)
  3. Fill out this online form. This information will allow Children’s staff to review your proposed donation drive and approve your plan in advance.

Please note: Out of concern for our patients’ safety and privacy, we are unable to welcome groups of visitors into the hospital to give gifts directly to our patients. When you drop off gifts, our Child Life Specialists take great care in distributing your donations to patients on your behalf.

Another option — shop our Amazon wishlist

Our Child Life Specialists are experts in helping our patients cope with difficult medical procedures. By distracting kids with play, particularly via age-appropriate entertainment, we can help children to shift their focus elsewhere and ease pain. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin keeps an Amazon wishlist of items our Child Life team deems appropriate in distracting our inpatient kids from their surgical or medical procedures. Purchased items will be shipped directly to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.