We invite you to support the Child Life and Family Education program by donating items or by making a financial contribution to support the programs, services and supplies that brighten children’s stays. Your support ensures that playtime is a source of hope and healing for our patients and families.

Wish List and Donation Guidelines Summary (PDF)

Hospital Donation Wish Lists

Visit our Amazon wish lists to choose from a selection of toys, books and other gift items appropriate for patients at Comer Children's. Items purchased from this list will ship directly to the hospital.

Comer Child Life Amazon wish lists by age group:

  • Art supplies and craft kits (non-toxic)
  • Board books
  • Gift cards (Amazon, Target)
  • Infant crib soothers (all plastic)
  • Infant/toddler toys (all plastic)
  • Matchbox cars
  • Medical play kits
  • Play-Doh (party packs)
  • Small Lego kits
  • UNO cards

This is an area of high need, as more than 50 percent of our patients are under age 3.

  • All plastic toys (birth to 36 months)
  • Chunky toddler cars
  • Fisher-Price Rainforest Peek-a-Boo Soother, Waterfall
  • Graco Sweet Slumber Sound Machines
  • Musical and light up toys
  • My First Crayola MessFree 2-in-1-Doodle Board (ages 2 and up)
  • One-piece toys such as Infantino activity triangles, Fisher-Price pop-up toys
  • Stacking cups
  • Teethers and rattles
  • Action figures (non-violent): Spiderman, Batman, Superman
  • African-American baby dolls & Barbies (all plastic)
  • Animals and dinosaurs
  • Bubble tumblers (no spill containers)
  • Picture books
  • Small Lego kits
  • Thomas the Train, Frozen, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Paw Patrol items
  • Fun socks and slippers
  • Games: Monopoly, Sorry, Battleship, Scrabble, Connect 4, Clue, Apples to Apples, Bananagrams, Boggle, Trouble (full and travel size)
  • Handheld electronic games (i.e. 20 Questions, Connect 4, Battleship)
  • Headphones/earbuds
  • Journals and scrapbooks
  • Gift cards (Amazon, Target)
  • Word search puzzle books
  • iPods, iPads, Kindles
  • New release DVD movies (Rated G, PG, PG-13)
  • Batteries – AA, C, D, 9-volt

In order to adhere to Hospital Policy and Best Practice, all toy donations must follow these strict guidelines:

  • Brand new (original tags/packaging still on all items)
  • Non-violent (no toys with weapons, such as guns or knives)
  • Durable, non-toxic and plastic
  • Non-denominational
  • Non-denominational
  • Not gift wrapped

Due to safety and infection control guidelines, we are unable to accept:

  • Homemade items
  • Foam toys/puzzles
  • Candles
  • Food
  • Anything breakable (i.e., ceramic, glass)
  • Sharp items (nail clippers, metal nail files)
  • Anything with Latex
  • Small Rubber Balls
  • Magnetic Toys

During this unprecedented time, we encourage donations to be made online and shipped directly to our team at the following address:

Comer Children's Hospital
Amy Carter – Child Likfe K135
5835 S. Cottage Grove Ave. MC8008
Chicago, IL 60637

In-Person Deliveries
When shipping is not possible, please contact our donation coordinator, Amy Carter, at 773-702-0407 or comercheer@uchospitals.edu to review guidelines and arrange a date and time if determined to be feasible.
Due to infection control & confidentiality guidelines, the following must be adhered to:

  • Drop offs must be coordinated in advance. A specific date and time will be provided for your curbside drop off to occur.
  • All donors must monitor for illness and may not come to campus if you have any symptoms or have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
  • Masks covering the nose and mouth are required for everyone on campus at all times.
  • Donors will be given a designated area to park and a phone number to call upon arrival.
  • Donors must remain outside the buildings at all times.
  • Please remain in your car and work to maintain social distancing throughout curbside transfer of the items.
  • No photographs are permitted during this time. We encourage you to take any pictures before arrival. You are welcome to post your own photos to Facebook or Instagram and tag Comer Children’s Hospital.

We thank you for your understanding as we work to provide a safe environment for everyone. The child life team will make certain that all items are utilized appropriately to support the needs of the children and families we serve.


Generous gifts of cash are an incredibly way to make an impact on the needs of the Child Life and Family Education Program at Comer Children's. Checks can be made out to Comer Children’s Hospital Child Life Program and mailed to:

Comer Children’s Hospital
Attn: Amy Carter
Child Life, K-135
5721 S. Maryland Ave., MC 8008
Chicago, IL 60637

Or visit our website: give.uchicago.edu/child-life