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

  • 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

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:

  • iPods, iPads, Kindles
  • New release DVD movies (Rated G, PG, PG-13)
  • Batteries – AA, C, D, 9-volt

When donating, we ask that all items adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Brand new (original tags/packaging still on all items)
  • Non-violent (no toys with weapons, such as guns or knives)
  • Durable and plastic
  • Non-denominational
  • Non-toxic
  • Non-edible (no food, please)
  • No gift wrapping as we need to see all items before they are distributed.

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

  • Fabric or handmade items
  • Anything with Latex
  • Small rubber balls
  • Magnetic toys
  • Foam toys/puzzles
  • Anything breakable (i.e., ceramic, glass)
  • Candles

To schedule a delivery contact:
Amy Carter
Donation Coordinator

Drop off location:
Comer Children’s Lobby
5721 S. Maryland Ave.

Due to infection control and confidentiality guidelines, donors are not allowed to distribute gifts to patients. Our child life team will make certain that all items are distributed appropriately to the patients and families in need.

Monetary donations are welcome and very beneficial to support programming needs. 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