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.
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.
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
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.