Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

What kind of toys can I donate?


Stuffed Animals & Soft-Surface Toys

For the safety and health of the patients, the hospital follows strict donation guidelines. If you’re thinking of donating a stuffed animal or a ‘soft-surface’ toy, please keep in mind that: 1) The stuffed animal must be recently purchased and unwrapped, and 2) the hospital cannot accept soft toys that have been in someone’s possession, even if they’ve never be used or played with.

*Please note: these toys must be placed in plastic bags immediately after purchase. Please do not remove them from those bags once you put them in, as it helps to keep the toys clean and prevents the transfer of allergens that may be harmful to the patients. Thank you for your help with this! *

Wish List Gifts

Infants (0-18 months)

  • Rattles (wrist, O'Ball balls and rattles)
  • Teething rings
  • WubbaNub Pacifier Toy
  • Taggie Blankets and Toys
  • Music boxes, musical radios
  • Peaceful Aquariums
  • Cloud B-sound Machine Animals
  • Books – cardboard of vinyl – English/Spanish
  • Shape sorters, Stacking Rings, Cubes, Cups
  • Baby blocks

Toddler/Preschool (18 months-4 yrs.)

  • One piece infant/toddler cause-effect toys (play music/make sound/light up/move with child's action)
  • Play medical kits
  • Peaceful Aquariums
  • Books – English/Spanish, pop-up books, recordable books
  • See'n'Say
  • Musical floor mats
  • Small “Little People” sets
  • Thomas wooden railway trains (trains only, please)
  • Play food and kitchen toys
  • Large plastic animals (farm, wild, dinosaurs)
  • Puzzles of 10 pieces or fewer
  • Blocks - Duplos, Megablocks
  • Linking toys

School Age (5-12 yrs.)

  • Books – English/Spanish/Braille
  • Lego kits for boys and girls
  • Lego "grab bags"
  • Beads and jewelry making kits
  • Board games (Connect 4, Checkers, Trouble, Battle Ship, Dominoes)
  • Coloring books
  • Crayola crayons, markers and colored pencils (Crayola Twistables preferred – no need to sharpen)
  • Play-Doh (small 1-2oz containers), modeling clay (air-drying)
  • Puzzles, 25–100 pieces

Adolescents (13 yrs. & up)     

  • Gift cards: iTunes, Apple store,, Target, Best Buy
  • Earbud headphones
  • iPods, iPads
  • Books – English/Spanish/Braille
  • Magazines (teen, fashion, sports)
  • Hand-held game units
  • Playing cards, Uno cards
  • Lego kits – Bionicles
  • Model kits/science project kits – challenging
  • Nerf basketball hoops
  • Sketch books, journals and artist quality art materials
  • Stress squeeze balls (Latex free!)
  • Make-up starter kits
  • Nail polish
  • Toiletries (nail care, brushes, combs, pins)

Suggested Small Gifts & Prizes

  • Small Lego kits for all ages, Bionicles, Lego Minifigures
  • Gift cards to iTunes, Apple store, (small nominations)
  • Nail polish
  • Matchbox cars/Hot Wheels
  • Small figurines for boys - Spiderman, Superman, Disney characters
  • Small figurines for girls – Shopkins, My Little Pony, Disney characters
  • Card game decks - Uno, others
  • Handheld games - 20Q, Yahtzee, others
  • Small art or craft kits for all ages
  • Small Etch-a-Sketch or DoodlePro

Arts & Crafts Supplies

  • Crayola crayons, markers and colored pencils (Crayola Twistables preferred – no need to sharpen)
  • Chunky/Jumbo Crayola crayons for toddlers
  • Coloring books (for all ages, teens and parents)
  • Play-Doh (1-2oz containers)
  • Artist Quality Art Materials
  • Beads
  • Paints – watercolor and tempera
  • Paint brushes
  • Glue – all purpose, tacky glue, glue sticks (small bottles)
  • Glitter glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Sequins, other embellishments
  • Model Magic and modeling clay (air-drying)
  • Safety scissors

Amazon Wish List

To view Lurie Children’s Amazon Wish List, please CLICK HERE.


What kind of toys are NOT allowed?

  • Toys that look like realistic weapons
  • Used or previously owned toys
  • Toys containing food or candy
  • Toys with chemicals (such as experimental labs, acid, crystal projects, etc.)

Where should I take my gift?

Kindly bring your toy to the Illinois Conference Office, and drop it off in our Youth Department. You’re also welcome to mail your gift to:

Illinois Conference

Attn: Youth & Young Adult Department

619 Plainfield Rd.

Willowbrook, IL 60527