Help make our wishes come true! At Niswonger Children’s Hospital, we strive to make a child’s hospital experience the best possible. The comforts of home, including toys, games and activities, help a child relax, which enhances the healing process. We rely on donations of these and other items throughout the year to stock our Playroom and Teen Lounge, as well as to celebrate important events such as birthdays, holidays and the end of treatment. Donations are also needed to stock the several Treasure Chests used to reward children for their bravery after a painful or frightening procedure.
How to Donate
Select an item or items from the Niswonger Children’s Hospital Wish List
Call 423-431-3944 to schedule your donation delivery
Drop off your donation at the Niswonger Children’s Hospital Information Desk.
Hours are 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday but may vary according to volunteer schedules. To ensure that a staff member or volunteer is available to receive your donation, please call to schedule your delivery
Complete the Gift-in-Kind Donation Form
You can also make monetary donation!
Niswonger Children's Hospital Gift-in-Kind Donation Criteria: In order for items to be used in our patient care areas, donated items must meet the following criteria:
- Items must be new and in original packaging*
- All items must be nontoxic
- No violent themes (no guns, violent movies or video games)
- No latex balloons (Mylar / foil balloons are an acceptable alternative)
- Items or toys with many small parts are not allowed, as parts may break and pose a choking hazard for small patients
*Gently used items with solid, nonporous surfaces, as well as electronics and media, may be acceptable and require approval prior to donation. Disclaimer: Gift-in-Kind donations left at Niswonger Children’s Hospital (the Hospital) become property of the Hospital. Items that do not meet the Hospital’s donation criteria cannot be returned and will be disposed of according to Hospital protocol.
Wish List Items
Infants, Toddlers & Preschoolers Items that are the most appropriate for this age group have few pieces and solid surfaces that are easily disinfected. We are unable to use items with cloth that are not washable due to infection control concerns.
Baby gyms / activity centers
Crib-side mounted toys
Fisher Price Little People sets (able to accept gently used)
Rubber balls – all sizes
Books: sound books, board books, vinyl books (both English and Spanish)
Rattles: hand-held and wrist
Musical / light-up toys
Baby Einstein, Sassy, VTech toys
Vinyl floor mats
Adjustable-height high chair
Dora the Explorer/Diego Figurines
My Little Ponies
Crib Pillow Case
dimension for mattresses are:
13" wide, 27" long, and 2" thick
Standard Pillow Case
Colorful prints for boys and girls
- Small Lego Kits
- Search and find books: Where's Waldo, I Spy
- Etch-a-Sketch (mini-size)
- Magna Doodles (mini-size)
- DVDs: rated G and PG (popular titles- Disney, Pixar, etc)
- Leapster handheld game system
- Leapster handheld games
- Remote control cars
- Sorry/Trouble/connect 4/Monopoly board games
- Lap trays
- Webkinz/Beanie Babies
- Fun drinking straws
- Basketball hoop sets
Teenagers Often a forgotten part of our patient population, teens have different needs than school-age children. Because technology is very important to teens, laptops, video games and popular teen movies are always a need. (Please note that we are unable to accept movies and games with adult ratings.)
- $15 gift cards to WalMart, Target, Blockbuster, Best Buy, iTunes and movie tickets (these items used to celebrate birthdays, end of treatment and other celebrations for teen patients receiving treatment)
- Blank journals
- Jewelry kits
- Models: cars, planes, etc.
- Nail polish sets
- Magazine subscriptions
- Video game systems: Wii, PlayStation 2, Game cube
- Video games: Wii, Playstation 2, Game Cube, XBox
- Extra controller for game systems
- Handheld video game systems: Gameboy Advanced, Nintendo DS, PSP
- Portable DVD players
- DVDs: PG and PG13 ratings
- Laptop computer
- Laptop case
- Pop, rock and country CDs
(popular artists only)
- Digital Cameras and memory sticks
- Word search/crossword/Sudoku puzzle books
- Playing cards
- Uno/Phase 10
- MP3 Player
- iPads and other tablet devices
(Nook, Kindle, etc)
- Batteries: AA, AAA, C, D and button cell (Rechargeable batteries are preferred, but any new batter donation will be accepted)
Arts & Crafts
- Color wonder Sets
- Toddler Crayons/Markers (washable)
- Fuzzy/black velvet art posters
- Colored pencils
- Paint brush markers
- Sun catcher craft kits
- Model Magic
- Sand art / sand art containers
- Unpainted ceramics
- Scratch art, jewelry, foam art, fuse bead sets
- Paper / magnetic / lace up dolls
- Paint by number / water books
- Coloring / sticker books
- Crayons (any size) / markers
Distraction / Therapeutic Items The healthcare team uses these items to help patients cope with procedures that are often painful and/or frightening.
- Bubbles (mini-size)
- Handheld water toys
- Kaleidoscopes / pinwheels
- Koosh / squeeze toys
- Glitter wands
- I Spy / Where's Waldo books
- Sound / magnetic scene books
Treasure Chest These items are provided to children following a procedure.
- Hot Wheels / Matchbox cars
- Small dolls / My Little Ponies
- Bubbles (mini-size)
- Stickers / temporary tattoos / hand stamps
- Stuffed animals; must be NEW
(mini - size)
- Any other small-size items, popular characters (Disney Princesses, Cars, super heroes) are preferred.
Gift Cards Gift cards of any amount are very helpful, as they allow Niswonger Children's Hospital to purchase items of immediate need. For example, our patient care units often need color ink cartridge replacements to print pictures for patients and families for special events and holidays.
- Best Buy
Clothing For infection control concerns, these items must be new.
- Lap blankets
Family Kitchen Many of our families live a distance away from the hospital. We stock our Family Kitchen with snacks and drinks for the family members of our patients, so they can remain near their children.
- Individually packaged snacks: cheese crackers, breakfast bars, fruit cups, fruit gummies, goldfish crackers, trail mix, cookies, etc.
- Bottled drinks: bottled water, soda products, etc.
- Paper goods: plates, napkins and cups
- Plastic ware: knives, forks and spoons