Donate to child life

Donations to child life help make the hospital more comfortable (and fun!) for kids

We are for the continued support that our patients and families receive through donations to the child life team. As a result of the pandemic, we have experienced changes in the types of items we can give out. While the importance, comfort and simple joys provided by these items remain, we ask that you continue to support our kids by donating items directly from our wish lists or funds directly to our child life department. This will enable care teams to find the most supportive toy or comfort item for children admitted to the hospital. 

Ways to donate to child life 

  • Online – Write CHILD LIFE in the gift designation field 
  • Mail checks – Write CHILD LIFE in the memo section and send to: Children's Hospital Foundation, Box 980693, Richmond, VA 23298-0693
  • Mail gift cards – Send gift cards (Amazon, Walmart and Target) to Child Life Department, Box 980202, Richmond, VA 23298-0202
  • Online wish list for direct shipping – Shop our Amazon wish list and ship items directly to child life. 
  • Deliver wish list items in person – Shop using our wish list below and deliver items in person.

Donations during the holiday season  

Thank you for thinking of our patients and families this holiday season! As a reminder, it's best to avoid holiday-themed items so that we can make use of your donation now and throughout the year as needed!

Holiday drop-off dates and times

Due to storage and staffing, a prescheduled drop off date/time is required. Call us today at 804-828-3415 to schedule your drop-off time! 

Drop off-dates and times:

  • December 16, 3 - 7 p.m.
  • December 18, 1 - 5 p.m.
  • December 19, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • *We are unable to accept in-kind donations outside of these drop off dates.

Drop-off location: Outside Children's Emergency Department 

  • Enter the 12th Street Visitor Parking Deck at 529 N. 12th Street
  • Pull into the deck and stay on the top level
  • Pull forward towards the Children's Emergency Department and exit the deck
  • Child life volunteers will meet you on the brick pavers just outside of the Children's Emergency Department; please do not enter the hospital as we are still under COVID visitor restrictions

For more information: 

Wish lists

Shop and ship to child life via Amazon

Shop our Amazon wish list

Wish lists for in-person donations 

Arts and crafts

  • Elmer’s Glue slime kits
  • Playdoh and Kinetic Sand
  • Crayola crayons/markers (8-16pk)
  • Adult coloring books
  • Word searches
  • Model magic
  • Window markers

Sensory toys

  • Stress balls
  • Squishies
  • Pop-Its


  • Soft blankets (not white/holiday)
  • iPhone/Android/Samsung accessories
  • Bluetooth speakers
  • Nail polish
  • Journals
  • Room string lights
  • Advanced Lego and art kits


  • Light up and musical toys
  • Pretend play food or doctor kits
  • Legos (Lego brand only, >150 pcs )
  • Barbies (especially African American)
  • Baby dolls (especially African American)
  • Marvel action figures
  • Fisher Price crib soothers


  • Uno/Uno Splash
  • Regular cards
  • Sorry, Monopoly, Connect 4, etc.
  • Puzzles (<500 pieces)


  • Infant/toddler board books
  • Stuffed animals (not holiday)
  • DVDs (Disney, Marvel, new releases)

Child life donation FAQs

Contact child life