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Baystate Children's Hospital Launches Critical Toy Drive

September 26, 2016

Baystate Children’s Hospital (BCH) is currently facing a shortage of toys and other supplies necessary to help our patients! Any items you donate will directly benefit our pediatric patients. Toys and other play items are so important to reducing stress and anxiety, and provide much needed distraction during a hospital stay. Please refer to the following FAQ and wish list below for helpful guideline and suggestions on what items are most appropriate to donate.

Call 413-794-3145 to donate today!

After reading through the following information, please contact the Baystate Health Child Life Department at 413-794-3145 to confirm that your potential in-kind gift can be accepted and to learn about available drop off dates and times.

Toy Donation FAQ

Q: What should I keep in mind when donating toys or supplies to BCH?

A: Although patients receive gifts during holidays and birthdays, many of the donated items are also used for our playrooms and individual inpatient rooms. Toys with fabric or cloth cannot be used for multiple patients and therefore cannot be accepted (unless they are individually gifted stuffed animals, blankets, or clothes). Please see our Wish List for specific examples of what we hope to procure for our patients on an ongoing basis.

Q: Can I donate used items?

A: Due to infection control policy and the safety of our patients, we are only able to accept brand new items. However, we are able to accept used DVD’s and videogames.

Q: Where, when, and how do I donate my items?

A: During the Fall 2016 toy drive, there will be a drop-off box securely located at the Concierge Desk of the Daly Lobby at Baystate Medical Center. If you would like to speak to personally to a member of the Child Life team, you may call the Child Life Office at 413-794-3145 to explore other options. When making a donation, please be sure to leave your contact information with your donation so we can properly thank you!

Q: May I deliver my gift directly to the patients?

A: We apologize, but because of concerns for patient confidentiality and infection control, our donors are not allowed to deliver gifts directly to patients.

Q: May I donate event tickets to patients and families?

A: We welcome ticket donations. Please note, due to confidentiality tickets should be sent to the Child Life Department for distribution to families and not left at “will call”.

Additional Donation Opportunities

Complete a service project outside of the hospital - (i.e. toy drive, new book drive, gift card drive, etc.)

Product Donation Wish List

*Starred items are especially needed or desired

Please, do not donate cloth items as they cannot be reused due to infection control policies.

All donated items must be brand new with the exception of DVD and video games, which must have specific ratings (please see below).

Infants & Toddlers

*Cause and effect light and sound toys - no cloth

*Infant toys (rattles, soothers, etc.)

*Crib gyms and mobiles – no cloth

*Crib music boxes

Crib mirrors – no cloth

Glow worms/New stuffed animals without buttons/choke-able parts

*Toddler toys (stacking toys, shape sorters, pop-up boxes, play phones, etc.)

Fisher Price Little People (play sets or figures)

Umbrella strollers (with machine washable materials)

School Age

*Playing cards

*Card Games (UNO, Phase 10, Skip Bo)

*Matchbox cars

*Pretend Medical Kits

I Spy Books

Sport balls

*Action figures (including animals, dinosaurs, Super Heroes, etc.)

*Building toys (Lego kits – complete kits and free play lego blocks, K’Nex, etc.)

Dolls/babies with plastic bodies (no cloth or hair) of different ethnicities

Baby doll accessories (stroller, high chair)

Stuffed Animals (brand new only)

Teens/Young Adults


*Gift cards – (iTunes, Google Play, Target, Walmart, Amazon, ToysRUs, movie theaters, Dunkin Donuts, fast food places, etc.)

*Nail Polish kits

Make-up/Hair kits/supplies


Word Magnets (particularly ones with emotions/feelings)

*Nerf basketball hoops/balls

Table top air hockey, foosball, etc.


*Portable DVD players

*New Release DVDs - Especially teen (action/adventure/drama), and classic Disney/Pixar-No R rated.

* Handheld Game PSP or Nintendo DS/DSi Game Systems and games

*Rated E/E10+/Teen video games (for PS3, XBOX 360, Wii, PSP, DS/DSI,)

Music CDs (popular/current teen, nature sounds/relaxation, Disney, lullaby)

Portable radios/CD players

*iPad minis or iPods

Arts & Crafts

*Ready-to-go individual Art & Craft kits

*Beads/String/Jewelry making kits

*Small canvases


Unpainted wooden crafts (frames, boxes, birdhouses, cars, etc.)

New - Unpainted small cardboard boxes/magnetic tins to decorate (in various sizes/shapes)

Crayola Model Magic or Sculpey clay

Glue Sticks

Paint (Tempera)/Paint brushes of various sizes

Model kits (Cars, planes etc.)

Fusion beads

Sketch books

Drawing pencils

Fabric Paint/Kits

White pillow cases/ white t-shirts of various sizes

Do a Dot Paint Markers

Sun Catchers

Paint by Number

Velvet (Fuzzy) Posters

Black and white posters (for use with colored pencils or marker)

Colored Pencils/Markers

Miscellaneous Items

*Bubbles (especially no-spill tumblers!)


*Fun band-aids

*Batteries (AAA, AA)

“Find It!” and other distraction items

Karaoke machine

Call 413-794-3145 to support our kids!