Donate Items

Make a difference with your in-kind donation to Nicklaus Children's

Items such as personal protective equipment (PPE), technology, books or toys make a difference for our patients.

hospitalized girl reading a book at her bed
hospitalized girl reading a book at her bed

We greatly appreciate your interest in donating items that support Nicklaus Children's Hospital. Medical care is really only one aspect of a child’s recovery. Items like toys, personal protective equipment (PPE), technology, or anything else, help us do all we can to create the best possible patient experience, keep our healthcare workers safe, and make our hospital and outpatient centers inviting spaces for families. For more information, visit the Frequently Asked Questions below.

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Toy Drive & Wish List

Spread Joy is back this holiday season! Toy donations go a long way to brighten the day and put a smile on the faces of our patients. That's why we named our toy donation program "Spread Joy!" While our Spread Joy Toy Drive might look at little different this year due to COVID-19, we are happy to keep the holiday tradition going.

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healing gardenArtwork

Help us beautify our space! By donating artwork to Nicklaus Children's, you can be a part of transforming our waiting areas, hallways and hospital rooms into bright, inviting places for our patients and families. We look forward to hearing more about the artwork you would like to donate

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Donate Items

Help us create the best possible patient experience for kids at Nicklaus Children's by donating items. Fill out a quick and easy form to tell us more about the items you would like to donate.

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The following list contains our most requested items from patients and families:

  • 4 pack Crayola crayons
  • Fidget toys
  • $25 gift cards ( Amazon, Target, Visa, UberEats)
  • Slime Kits
  • Craft Kits
  • LEGO sets
  • Playdoh


Frequently Asked Questions

No, due to infection control we are only able to provide our patients with new items in their original packaging.
Yes. Since we are not able to disinfect books, patients keep the books they take from our libraries. We are always in need of new, age appropriate books. Due to their preservation, hard covered books are preferred.
Student groups can team up with our Children and Family Experience Team to create Spread Joy activity bags to distribute to our patients, for more information please email, or set up a peer-to-peer fundraising page to directly impact our patients and families.
At the moment we are only able to accept knitted octopuses for our NICU babies. You can find an example here.
Due to transportation limitations we are unable to pick up donations.
Due to patient confidentiality and infection control, donors are not able to deliver gifts to our patients and we are not able to provide pictures once a donation is received.

Items we are unable to accept:

  • Used items, including toys, books and stuffed animals
  • Bicycles/Scooters
  • Cards for patients
  • Homemade treats (cookies, cupcakes, etc.)
  • Handmade items
  • Latex items
  • Private collections that have never been played with, but have been stored away
  • Violent toys