New toys, games and personal items may be donated to our children and adolescents with cancer and blood disorders. The items are largely enjoyed by patients currently staying in the inpatient unit or bone marrow transplant unit. They may also be distributed to patients visiting our outpatient clinics.
Typically, we are most in need of items that would appeal to our adolescent patients, although there remains an ongoing need for items suitable for all ages.
Guidelines for Acceptable Donations
Toys, games, or personal items should be appropriate for a general pediatric population under 21 years of age. Since quality, safety and infection control are critical to the care of our patients, we require that all donations must be new items, unless they can easily be sanitized (e.g., DVD’s, video games).
We ask that donated gifts not include toy guns, remote control cars, or remote control planes, as these items may be potentially hazardous to our nurses and visitors.
Large items may be accepted on a case-by-case basis, however since space is limited in our patient rooms, we request that items be appropriately sized if patients choose to enjoy the activities privately inside their rooms.
Donation of art supplies
Arts and crafts donations may be made to our Periwinkle Arts in Medicine Program. Coloring books, crayons, glue sticks and seasonal craft kits are always excellent donations. Pre-packaged craft kits for use at bedside are also appreciated, examples include activity booklets, door hangers, paper bag puppets, or seasonal crafts.
Crayons must be non-toxic and Crayola brand is preferred. For a detailed list of additional needed art supplies please feel free to contact the Periwinkle Arts in Medicine Program coordinator, at 832-822-1455.
We prefer a large number of these at once (100+) so that there are plenty to share with all our patients. Written messages should be of an up-beat nature such as “hope this brings a smile to your day”. Since our patients are treated for a wide variety of cancer and blood disorders, references to illnesses should be positive and non-specific to diagnosis.
Messages should not include a religious theme or a “get well” note.
Due to the international and religious diversity of our patients, we request that holiday donations be non-denominational. For example, during the Easter holidays, bunnies and eggs are preferred. We request that holiday donations be delivered by December 15 so that we have adequate time to sort and share the gifts with our patients.
Suggestions for toys, games, or personal item donations
- playing cards
- board games
- video games
- Inexpensive toys for various age groups
- Interactive games are always appreciated by our patients. Trivia games, crossword puzzles, and connect-the-dots are examples of games that are suitable for all ages and easily transported with them throughout the hospital.
- shampoo and conditioner
- disposable razors and shaving cream
- hairbrushes and comb
Patients also enjoy decorative items to personalize their rooms. Examples of well-received items include:
- decorative pillowcases
- pop culture decorations
- blankets and quilts
- shower curtains
- bath sets
Drop-Off Locations and Hours
Texas Children’s Hospital drop-off location (Texas Medical Center—Houston, TX)
Donations to the cancer and hematology centers may be dropped off our outpatient clinic, which is on the 14th floor of the Clinical Care Center, 6701 Fannin Street, Houston, TX 77030. Advance notice is appreciated so that we can ensure one of our collections staff is available to accept the items. The clinic is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Map and directions
Donations to the general patient population at Texas Children’s Hospital may be dropped off at the Volunteer Services Office, located at 6621 Fannin Street, Suite A125, Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 6:00 pm and Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. If you must bring donations at another time, please call 832-824-2257 to see if other arrangements can be made. Map and directions
Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus drop-off location (Katy, TX)
Donations intended solely for our outpatients at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus may be dropped off at the West Campus Volunteer Services Office, located at 18200 Katy Freeway. Donations are accepted Monday-Friday 8:00 AM -7:00 PM and Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
Vannie Cook Children’s Clinic (McAllen, TX)
If there are any questions about acceptable items for donations, please contact Child Life at 832-822-4242 or Volunteer Services for Texas Children’s Hospital at 832-824-2257.