Donated toys help make every child’s visit to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center as comforting and enjoyable as possible. Throughout the year, we gratefully accept toy donations for children of all ages, which we distribute to patients around the holidays and at different times of the year.
Individuals and organizations interested in conducting a toy drive are asked to adhere to some basic guidelines. We request that donated toys:
- Are new and not gift-wrapped
- Are appropriate for hospitalized infants, children, adolescents or teenagers (toy guns and other weapons are not appropriate)
- Do not pose a safety hazard, such as those with sharp edges or small, removable or easily breakable parts
For our patients' safety, we are unable to accept used toys or stuffed animals.
For your convenience, please see our list of suggested items appropriate for children of all ages.
We appreciate toy donations well in advance of the holidays. Patient entertainment, Santa’s visit, carolers and gift distributions keep Connecticut Children’s very busy in the final weeks of the year. November and early December are ideal for receiving holiday gift contributions.
For more information about donating items or organizing a toy drive to benefit Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, please contact the Connecticut Children’s Foundation at 860.837.5700.