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Donating toys and other items

Donating toys and other items

Donations we can accept

All items must be new, unopened and latex-free.

Our biggest wish list area is for TEENS and INFANTS. Most all toys have suggested ages written right on the package. We are currently looking for 0-2 year toys, and 12+ toys. Some ideas are:

  • Infant/toddler toys with buttons, lights and fine motor skill features and crib toys (age range of 0-24 months)
  • National sports team apparel (NFL, MLB, NHL) or local college
  • Headphones (both over the ear and earbud style)
  • Speakers (wireless or wired)
  • Cell phone accessories
  • Young adult coloring books
  • Nail polish and make-up
  • Hair accessories (elastics, barrettes, brushes and stylers, electric curlers/clips, hair straighteners)
  • Magnifying stand-alone mirrors
  • Xbox One and PS4 games (sports, racing, strategy – no violence or mature content)
  • Gift cards (iTunes, Walmart, Target, Google Play, area restaurants – in increments of $10 or less)
  • Model Magic brand clay
  • LEGO kits
  • Superhero figurines and themed toys (Marvel, Avengers and DC Comics – no violence)
  • Card game kits
  • Arts and crafts kits
  • Colored pencils, markers and crayons
  • Paint brushes and canvases
  • Barbies and other dolls
  • Doctor play sets (Fisher Price)
  • Train sets
  • Toy cars (noise-making, remote control, Matchbox)

Other acceptable donations:

  • Aluminum can tabs
  • Manual wheelchairs, walkers and crutches in good condition

Donations we are unable to accept

Due to the hospital’s infection control policy and for the safety and well-being of our patients, we cannot accept the following items:

  • Used books, toys, games, stuffed animals
  • Any toy, game, craft or sports item containing latex, rubber or flexible foam which can cause an allergic reaction in some patients
  • Loose glitter or sand
  • Used electronics, VHS tapes, audio cassette tapes
  • Anything pertaining to weapons, gore or violence
  • Power wheelchairs and other used healthcare equipment (with the exception of manual wheelchairs, walkers and crutches in good condition)
  • Used clothing, shoes, greeting cards
  • Items that can be recycled at home, such as soda cans, food cans, scrap metal, aluminum foil, etc.

We appreciate your understanding of these restrictions and have compiled a list of alternative donation sites for items we are unable to accept. The following organizations accept used clothing, books, art supplies and toys in good condition:

Gray House – 22 Sheldon Street, Springfield, MA

Springfield Boys and Girls Club – 481 Carew Street, Springfield, MA (No clothing)

Salvation Army – 285 Liberty Street, Springfield, MA

The following organizations accept used stuffed animals and blankets (no pillows):

Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society – 171 Union Street, Springfield, MA

Thomas J O’Connor Animal Control & Adoption Center – 627 Cottage Street, Springfield, MA

The following organization accepts gently used medical equipment:

The New England Assistive Technology (NEAT) Center at Oak Hill - 120 Holcomb Street, Hartford, CT
860-243-2869 or toll free: 866-526-4492

Thank you for thinking of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Springfield. If you have any questions or need further clarification, please contact our child life department at 413-735-1252.