Child Life Donations
Make a donation to UC Davis Children's Hospital
Thank you for your interest in donating to support our pediatric patients and their families. The toys, gift cards and other gifts provide support for our patients during their hospitalization. Gifts are used in various places throughout the hospital, including the pediatric play spaces, teen lounge, pediatric emergency department, radiology, waiting areas and admitting.
Your donations are welcomed and greatly appreciated!
Due to infection control and allergen guidelines for all patients, we cannot accept previously owned items. This includes stuffed animals and toys that have only been on display or part of private collections.
Make your donation count! All items donated are inspected prior to distribution to our patients! Items that don't meet our guidelines will be redirected to another charity.
Please complete our donor intent gift form and bring it with you when you drop off your donation.
To schedule a time to drop-off donations, please contact our programming coordinator Katherine MacDonald at 916-734-5510. Please note that donors cannot deliver directly to our pediatric patients.
Our greatest needs
We currently have the following greatest needs:
- Fisher-Price doctor kits
- Lego brand Lego kits
- Play-Doh brand play dough
- Infant rattles
- Gift cards ($10, $15) - Target, iTunes, Wal-Mart, Toys R Us, Jamba Juice, Game Stop
- Journals with gel pens
- Pillowcases in kid-friendly and teen-friendly designs
- Sensory goods, including weighted blankets and textured toys
Or let us do the shopping by donating to UC Davis Children's Hospital's Child Life Program.
Our Facility Dog Program
Your gift to the UC Davis Children’s Hospital facility dog program will help support the care of our facility dog, Huggie, who works in our Pediatric Infusion Room.
Your donations will help pay for his medical care, food, grooming, supplements and supplies to keep him healthy, happy and ready to support our kids in need.
Your gifts will also help us maintain and expand the facility dog program, as we plan to add three more facility dogs in other areas of UC Davis Children’s Hospital in the future. Donate to the Facility Dog Fund.
Handmade items, such as quilts and blankets, bring comfort to patients of all ages.
Please note that items should not have small objects such as buttons, beads or sequins attached, as they can be easily removed or swallowed. Only polyester fill should be used for stuffing.
Here are some patterns of items that we need:
- Weighted blankets
- Beads of Courage bead bag
- Tote bag
- Craft kits
- Blankets and quilts
- Cloth dolls
If you are planning to donate handmade items to the NICU, please review our guidelines.