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

We are grateful for the continued support that our patients and families receive through donations to the child life team. 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 – Select 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.
  • Online wish list for direct shipping – Shop our Amazon wish lists linked below and ship items directly to our team. 
  • Deliver wish list items in person – Shop using our wish list below and deliver items in person.
    • At this time, donors are not able to visit patient care areas or hand deliver donations to patients.

Child life donation FAQs

Wish lists

Shop and ship to child life via Amazon and Walmart

Items purchased from this wish list are shipped directly to CHoR and managed by our child life team to support children in many areas of the hospital.

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Recreation Therapy wish list for Brook Road Campus

Items purchased from this wish list are managed by our recreation therapy team and support children in our long-term care unit and other children at our Brook Road Pavilion.

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Virginia Treatment Center for Children (VTCC)

Items purchased from this wish list are managed by our mental health services team and support children at VTCC.

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Wish lists for in-person donations 

Arts and crafts

  • Elmer’s Glue slime kits
  • Play-doh and Kinetic Sand (single servings, not kits)
  • Crayola crayons/markers/colored pencils (small packages are preferred)
  • Adult coloring books
  • Word searches
  • Model magic
  • Window markers

Sensory toys

  • Stress balls (regular and slow-rise)
  • Squishies
  • Pop-its
  • Pull tubes


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


  • Light up and musical toys
  • Pretend play food or doctor kits
  • Legos (Lego brand only, less than 150 pieces)
  • Barbies (especially Black Barbies)
  • Baby dolls (especially African American)
  • Marvel action figures
  • Fisher-Price crib soothers
  • Little People play sets
  • Small to medium sized stuffed animals
  • Squishmallow stuffed animals (any size)


  • Uno cards/Uno Splash
  • Regular playing cards
  • Puzzles (less than 500 pieces)
  • Board games (we prefer classic games like Sorry, Monopoly, Candyland, Trouble, Connect 4, etc.)


  • Infant/toddler board books
  • Popular children’s books in non-English languages
  • Children’s books with diverse characters
  • See our wish list of books and coloring books here.

Infant/Toddler Items

  • Board books
  • Fisher-Price crib soothers
  • Small battery powered sound machines
  • Loveys
  • Teethers
  • Small light up/music making toys

Contact child life

Our phone number 804-828-3415 is voicemail only. For the fastest response regarding a donation, please contact