UPDATE: LIMITING VISITORS TO ONE PARENT and ONE CHILD / Visitation Policy Reminder

At Shriners Hospitals for Children, the health and safety of our patients, families, volunteers and staff is our top priority. With the evolving situation regarding COVID-19, we are closely monitoring updates from local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and are actively following their recommendations.

If your child has an upcoming appointment, please contact your local Shriners Hospitals for Children location.

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Wish lists

Wish lists

Wish lists

Therapists at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Houston carefully select and distribute games and toys to our patients year round. You and your group can help by adhering to the following recommendations for toy selection:

  • Please, no used items. Due to infection control regulations, we ask that you donate only new toys, games and stuffed animals. Safety is the most important consideration when accepting toys.
  • Games and books that depict violence, as well as toy guns and projectile toys are not accepted.
  • Please contact us prior to donating candy and food.
  • Please do not wrap gifts.
  • Patient privacy regulations prevent us from allowing donors to personally distribute gifts.
  • Art and craft materials must have the non-toxic seal (AP, CP, Health Label Non-Toxic).
  • Because some of our patients are sensitive to natural rubber latex, please buy only specific name brands whenever possible. We do not accept the following latex items:
    • Rubber balloons
    • Koosh balls
    • Rubber stamps
    • Rubber balls
    • Rubber erasers, etc.
  • Mylar balloons and vinyl items are encouraged.
  • If toys require batteries, please include alkaline batteries.

Age-appropriate items we can accept

0-5: Infant/toddler

  • Soft, plush toys with non-plastic features
  • Musical toys
  • Rattles and squeeze toys
  • Pacifiers
  • Diapers
  • Push and pull toys
  • Sorting and grouping toys
  • Dolls—Barbies, baby dolls
  • Cars, trucks, planes: age-appropriate
  • TV character toys, such as Dora and Elmo

6-10: School-age

  • Crayola crayons/markers/colored pencils (please purchase this brand, as others may contain latex)
  • Coloring books
  • Games such as Jenga, UNO, Connect 4
  • Art/activity kits
  • Action and hero figures
  • Fashion and career dolls (all races)
  • Backpacks/sports bags
  • Matchbox cars
  • Remote control cars

11–16: Teenage

  • Model/craft kits
  • Hair and nail care items
  • Wrist watches
  • Make up kits
  • Bath and body wash sets
  • Baseball or sun hats
  • Spanish/English books/novels for teens

All ages

  • Gift cards to Wal-Mart, Target, etc.
  • iTouch devices with iTunes gift cards
  • Playing cards, UNO, Skip-bo, Phase 10
  • Portable DVD players
  • Blank journals
  • School supplies
  • DVDs (recent releases)
  • Legos
  • Photo albums
  • Universal remotes
  • Video games for Wii, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, Xbox Kinect
  • Hand-held video games
  • MP3 player

Miscellaneous items we can accept:

  • 6 foot AV cables
  • Wall posters
  • International calling cards
  • Spanish/English word searches/puzzles
  • Elmer’s glue/glue sticks
  • Play-Doh
  • Craft supplies such as glitter, pipe cleaners or tempera paints
  • Small/large zip-lock bags
  • Plain gift bags
  • Beads (letters, shape, etc.)
  • Jewelry making kits
  • Paint by numbers
  • Yarn
  • Cross stitch
  • Scrapbooking materials

Items we cannot accept:

  • Used toys
  • Used stuffed animals
  • Dollar store toys
  • Lap quilts, blankets or afghans
  • Handmade pillows
  • Pillow cases
  • VCR tapes
  • Sports/trading cards of any type
  • Collectible postage stamps
  • Greeting cards
  • Campbells soup labels
  • Large ride-on items
  • Holiday items after the holiday has passed
  • School notebooks, notebook paper, scissors and erasers
  • Used medical equipment