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Toy donations

Toy donations

Guidelines for toy donations

Ages 0–3: No-spill bubbles, plastic blocks and stacking rings, dolls, play telephones, trucks, sight and sound books, stacking and sorting toys, board books, musical and light-up toys, pop up toys.

Ages 4–8: Cars, trucks, arts and craft supplies and kits, crayons, play doctor kits, pretend play sets, dollhouse people, animal toys, Play-Doh, I SPY books, LEGOs, LEGO kits, toy trains, board games.

Ages 8–12: Art supplies, craft and sand art kits, colored pencils and markers, jewelry-making kits, Matchbox cars, non-violent action figures, superheroes, latest game systems from Playstation, Nintendo and Xbox and games rated E, board games, playing cards, new DVD movies rated G or PG.

Ages 13 and up: Art supplies and craft kits, glass bead kits, hair brush sets and accessories, photo albums, stamp kits, yarn and knitting or crocheting kits, journals, stationery sets, sports team items, advanced LEGO kits, board games, games rated T for teens, hand-held game systems, portable DVD and CD players, new CDs, new DVDs rated PG13 and gift cards (for birthdays and holidays) from iTunes, Target, Amazon, Target, Starbucks, retain teen clothing stores.

School supplies

Folders, 2-pocket in assorted colors and prints, spiral notebooks, pencil cases, washable markers, Sharpie markers and pens, crayons, pens, pencils, erasers, highlighters, washable non-toxic glue sticks, scissors, rulers, backpacks.

Gift cards

Gift cards to purchase supplies for our programs: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Target, Walmart, Michaels, Toys “R” Us, Amazon, Vons, Ralphs

Unacceptable items, please do not donate

No used toys of any kind are accepted due to infection control and allergies

No stuffed animals (new or used) unless newly purchased with tags and shipped directly from the store or manufacturer.

No beanie babies or similar toys with small pellets that a child might choke on

Please do not wrap toys—the items must be checked before being given to a child. If you are interested, we welcome donations of gift wrapping supplies in kid-friendly or seasonal themes.

Please do not include perishable food items in your donations. However, we would love to receive store bought, individually wrapped holiday candy for patient activities to celebrate holidays (e.g. Valentine’s Day, Halloween and Christmas). No hard candy, please, including candy canes.

Other unacceptable items include toiletries, detergents, clothing, VHS and religious articles.

Handmade items

Please note we can no longer accept donations of handmade items including blankets, pillows, hats and dolls due to infection control standards. Thank you for your understanding.


Please call us at 626-389-9300 to schedule an appointment in advance for your delivery.

Items can be delivered to:

Shriners for Children Medical Center — Pasadena
909 S. Fair Oaks Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105

Due to infection control, safety and privacy of our patients, donors are only allowed to distribute gifts directly to patients with a qualified staff member present and on a case-by-case basis. Please call us to learn more.

Holiday donations

Our staff plan months ahead to hold special activities for patients on holidays. We ask that holiday-themed donations be arranged one to two weeks before the actual holiday. It ensures that the donations are used appropriately and timely, and not stored for long lengths of time. Due to limited storage, we cannot accept holiday donations in the two weeks leading up to a holiday.