Children's Emergency Department is now located in Children's Tower: 1001 E. Marshall Street.

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 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.

Wish lists

Shop and ship to child life via Amazon

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

Shop our Amazon wish list

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.

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