Skip to navigation

Donating toys and other items

Donating toys and other items

Thank you for spreading holiday cheer to children!

Donations we can accept

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

Gift Cards

  • iTunes gift cards ($10 increments, or less)
  • Walmart and Target gift cards ($5 – $10 increments)
  • X-box and PS4 gift cards

Infants/Toddlers

  • Infant/toddler toys with push buttons, lights, music, crib toys; boxes should say age an range of 0-24 months
  • Baby dolls
  • Light up rattles and other light up baby toys
    • Lamaze rainbow glow rattle
    • Smartnoggin light up rattle
  • Walker push & pull toys
  • Pacifiers/teething chew toys
  • Stacking/sorting toys
  • Plain bibs that can be drawn on
  • Inflatable infant water mat
  • Pull-back cars
  • Train sets
  • Musical baby night light/projector/crib sound machine
  • Light spinners
  • Ribbon spindle wand

School Age

  • Doctor play sets/medical play toys/medical dress up
  • Legos (diverse themes and age ranges)
  • Headphones, bluetooth – both over the ear and earbud style, sports style
  • Nail polish
  • Hair accessories – elastics, barrettes, brushes and clips, hair straighteners
  • Xbox One games – sports, racing, strategy –  no violence or mature content
  • Face paint kits
  • Career or Disney Barbie/Dolls
  • Superhero theme toys (Marvel & DC)
  • Superhero figurines – not violent – (Marvel, Avengers and DC comics are OK)
  • Arts and crafts kits
    • KLUTZ arts and craft kits – brand name
    • Creativity for kids – brand name
    • Slime making kits
  • Colored pencils/markers and sketch pads
  • Perler beads
  • DIY graffiti coloring pillow
  • Remote control cars
  • Matchbox cars
  • Play-Doh/slime
  • Card game kits (UNO, old maid, spot it)

Teenagers

  • Phone accessories
    • Long charging cables for Android and iPhone
    • Decorative charging cables (light up/colorful)
    • Pop sockets
    • iTunes gift cards
  • Make-up (eye shadow, lip gloss, mascara)
  • Sports hats/T-shirts for local colleges or national sports teams (baseball, football, etc.)
  • Teenage board/card games
  • Adult coloring books (mandala, nature, animal themes)
  • Window liquid markers – oil-based paint sharpie (draw on casts)
  • Toru window glass color kit
  • Stress balls for kids/teens (animal, sports balls, emoji themes)
  • Tie dye kits
    • Plain white T-shirts in all children sizes

Special Needs Toys

  • Sensory toys (lights/vibration)
  • Fidget cubes
  • Knobby texture “chewy tubes” brand
  • Fidget spinners

Sports Videos

  • 30 for 30
  • Celtics, Patriots, Red Sox, New York Yankees, Bruins, UCONN

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

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
413-734-6696 www.grayhouse.org

Springfield Boys and Girls Club – 481 Carew Street, Springfield, MA (No clothing)
413-732-7201 www.sbgc.org

Salvation Army – 285 Liberty Street, Springfield, MA
413-785-1921 www.salvationarmyusa.org

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

Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society – 171 Union Street, Springfield, MA
413-781-4000 www.dpvhs.org

Thomas J O’Connor Animal Control & Adoption Center – 627 Cottage Street, Springfield, MA
413-781-1484 www.tjoconnoradoptioncenter.com

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 www.neatmarketplace.org


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 413-735-1253.