Patient playing with a puzzle in pediatric hospital room

The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Wish List was created by our staff and includes toys, supplies and other equipment to help make sure our patients and families are more comfortable during a hospital visit or stay. The Wish List, which is a tax-deductible donation, also helps continue our commitment to provide a friendly, cheerful and healing environment for our patients. 

Children’s accepts donated toys and other items for patients and families. Please have your donation pre-approved to make sure you are meeting the location's most urgent needs. Contact the appropriate Volunteer Coordinator for specific guidelines, and to coordinate a delivery day and time. 

We ask that you follow these guidelines when making a donation to help make sure safety and infection prevention measures are in place:

  • All toys must be brand new and unwrapped. We are unable to accept used items. 
  • Handmade items like blankets and scarves must be washed in an allergen-free detergent before delivery and come from a smoke-free environment. Contact us with any specific questions about handmade donations.
  • Recommended age labeling should be used as a guide.
  • Basketballs must be Mikasa or Spalding brand only. 
  • Toys must be nontoxic.
  • Toys promoting violence are not appropriate.
  • Toys must be sturdy. Avoid toys that can break and leave sharp edges.
  • Toys with numerous small parts that require close supervision are not appropriate.
  • Fire regulations prohibit electrical, spark-producing or friction-producing toys.
  • DVDs must be rated G, PG or PG-13.
  • Items we are unable to receive:
    • Used items
    • Items purchased over 3 months before donation
    • Greeting or handmade cards for patients: send a Smilegram, instead!
    • Items containing latex
    • Glitter of any form: glitter glue, glitter stickers, glitter paper, etc. 
    • Youth transportation: bikes, razor scooters, tricycles or big wheels, etc. 
    • Oversized items: large stuffed animals, large play sets, large toys, etc.
    • Religious items
    • "Get Well" items
    • Medical equipment and supplies

Note: For the health and safety of patients and hospital visitors, individuals and groups are not permitted to pass out donations directly to patients and families.

For more information about donations and to have your donation pre-approved, please contact:

  • Contact Julia Ward for donations to Egleston hospital.
  • Contact Charice Holt for donations to Hughes Spalding hospital.
  • Contact Melanie Turner for donations to Scottish Rite hospital.

Infants and toddlers (0 to 3 years)

  • Rattles
  • Teething rings
  • Stackable rings
  • Sound and light soothers
  • Shape stackers
  • Unisex onesies and clothing
  • Light-up toys
  • Baby blankets
  • NurtureSmart mobiles or playgyms

Preschool (4 to 6 years)

  • Medical play kits
  • Barbie dolls
  • Baby dolls
  • Action figures
  • Sticker books
  • Coloring books
  • Age-appropriate board games (Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, Operation, Pretty Pretty Princess, matching games)
  • Unisex clothing (T-shirts, pants and pajamas)
  • Batteries
  • Play-Doh
  • Crayola crayons (8-24 packs)
  • Pajama packs
  • Toys that encourage fine motor skills

School age (7 to 12 years)

  • Legos
  • Crayola Colored pencils (8-24 count packs) and paint brushes
  • Crayola markers (8-12 count packs)
  • Age-Appropriate board games (Monopoly Junior, Sorry, Connect Four, Guess Who, Trouble, Apples to Apples, Checkers)
  • Jewelry kits
  • Playing cards (UNO, regular cards)
  • Hot Wheels
  • PlayStation 4 & Xbox One (No mature ratings), games, chargers and controllers for game consoles
  • Pajama packs
  • Card games

Adolescents (13 to 21 years)

  • Craft kits
  • Advanced coloring books
  • Advanced Lego kits
  • Headphones
  • $10 gift cards (Target, Walmart, Amazon)
  • Fine-tip paint brushes and canvases
  • Nail polish
  • Age-Appropriate board games (Scattergories, Rummikub, Monopoly, Life)
  • PlayStation 4 & Xbox One (No mature ratings), games, chargers and controllers for game consoles
  • Nail polish
  • Uno cards
  • Pajama Packs

Parents and Guardians

  • Family care kits (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, dental floss, shampoo, etc.)
  • Provide meal bags
  • Support a food pantry

For Staff

  • Shout-outs for Staff (For example: granola bars, single serving packaged crackers or trail mix, hand sanitizer, lotion, etc.) 

How do I purchase a Hope and Will license plate?

Did you know you can support Children’s just while driving around town? Through the Motor Vehicle Division of the Georgia Department of Revenue, you can purchase a license plate featuring Hope and Will. Children’s receives $10 for each plate sold.