How do I donate items to the Hospital?

Thank you for your interest in donating items for our patients and families. There is an ongoing need to certain items at the Hospital year round.

Contributions to bring to the Hospital

There is an ongoing need for certain items at the hospital. The following are a few suggestions:

  • New books, magazines, playing cards, puzzles, board games and inexpensive toys for various age groups

  • Care kits including: toothbrush/toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, shampoo/conditioner, soap, disposable razors/shaving cream, comb/hairbrush, and lotion

  • Coloring books and Crayons. Crayons must be non-toxic. Crayola brand is preferred.

  • All items must be new

Things to Make

All materials should be appropriate for a general pediatric population. References to illnesses should only be positive. If there are any questions about what items are acceptable, please contact Volunteer Services at 832-824-2257. Advance notice is appreciated.

  • No religious references for holidays -- For example, use bunnies or eggs for Easter

  • No stick pins or lapel buttons

  • Greeting Cards

  • Blankets or pillow cases to brighten rooms

  • Craft packets/kits

  • Coloring sheets, activity packets and tray mats should be 8.5 x 11 bond paper of any color. No markers, buttons, ribbon, glitter on tray mats. Crayons may be used. Lamination is acceptable, but not necessary. The patients prefer something interactive such as a crossword puzzle, dot-to-dot or trivia game. Written messages should be of an up-beat nature such as "hope this brings a smile to your day". No "get well" or messages with a religious theme.

New Clothes

In order to provide the basic clothing needs for many of the children who come to Texas Children's Hospital, new clothes are provided by the Auxiliary to Texas Children's Hospital. New clothes donated by community friends help keep the clothes cabinets supplied and enable nurses and social workers to find the clothing items they need for their patients.

This information is provided as a guideline for groups interested in organizing a NEW clothes drive for the patients at Texas Children's Hospital.


  • Socks

  • Footed Sleepers (must open in front)

  • Onesies (must open in front)

  • Receiving blankets

Toddlers, Youth & Adolescents

  • Socks

  • Underwear

  • T-Shirts

  • Sweatshirts and sweatpants

  • Sleepers and pajamas

  • Shorts with elastic waist

  • Slippers

  • Baseball caps

New Toys

This information is provided as a guideline for groups interested in organizing a toy drive for the children at Texas Children's Hospital. Hospitalized children need toys for play year round. Our patients range in age from newborns to older teens. New toys donated by community friends keep playrooms supplied and help make special celebrations possible. PLEASE DO NOT WRAP GIFTS. Safety regulations require even labeled gifts to be checked for appropriateness.


  • Crib mobiles

  • Musical stuffed animals

  • Cradle gyms

  • Fisher Price brand toys and rattles

  • Infant mirrors

  • Sassy brand items

School aged:

  • Board games

  • Activity Books

  • Play-Doh (non-toxic)

  • Craft/paint/model sets

  • Etch-a-sketch

  • Coloring books

  • Crayons and markers (non-toxic)


  • Wooden puzzles

  • Musical toys and boxes

  • Playskook brand toys

  • Push/pull toys

  • Dolls

  • Tonka brand toys

  • Matchbox cars

  • Buddy-L vehicles


  • Posters

  • Playing Cards (Uno and Skip-Bo)

  • Fisher Price brand toys

  • Gameboys

  • Board games (Chess, TicTacToe, etc...)

  • Radios and headsets/Walkman

  • Advanced craft/paint/model sets

  • Cross-stitch sets

  • Hand-held games

* Please include batteries when purchasing toys that need them. *

** Infant and Adolescent items are the most needed. **

*** Do not include any religious or edible items. ***

**** Please do not bring in toy guns or violent games. ****

** Please do not bring large items or activities that require extensive motion. **
(Large dolls, fire trucks, skateboards, basketball hoops, etc...)