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Donating toys and other items

Donating toys and other items

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Donations we can accept

All items must be new, unopened and latex-free.

Gift Cards

  • iTunes gift cards ($10 increments, or less)
  • Walmart and Target gift cards ($5 – $10 increments)
  • X-box and PS4 gift cards


  • Infant/toddler toys with push buttons, lights, music, crib toys; boxes should say age an range of 0-24 months
  • Baby dolls
  • Light up rattles and other light up baby toys
    • Lamaze rainbow glow rattle
    • Smartnoggin light up rattle
  • Walker push & pull toys
  • Pacifiers/teething chew toys
  • Stacking/sorting toys
  • Plain bibs that can be drawn on
  • Inflatable infant water mat
  • Pull-back cars
  • Train sets
  • Musical baby night light/projector/crib sound machine
  • Light spinners
  • Ribbon spindle wand

School Age

  • Doctor play sets/medical play toys/medical dress up
  • Legos (diverse themes and age ranges)
  • Headphones, bluetooth – both over the ear and earbud style, sports style
  • Nail polish
  • Hair accessories – elastics, barrettes, brushes and clips, hair straighteners
  • Xbox One games – sports, racing, strategy –  no violence or mature content
  • Face paint kits
  • Career or Disney Barbie/Dolls
  • Superhero theme toys (Marvel & DC)
  • Superhero figurines – not violent – (Marvel, Avengers and DC comics are OK)
  • Arts and crafts kits
    • KLUTZ arts and craft kits – brand name
    • Creativity for kids – brand name
    • Slime making kits
  • Colored pencils/markers and sketch pads
  • Perler beads
  • DIY graffiti coloring pillow
  • Remote control cars
  • Matchbox cars
  • Play-Doh/slime
  • Card game kits (UNO, old maid, spot it)


  • Phone accessories
    • Long charging cables for Android and iPhone
    • Decorative charging cables (light up/colorful)
    • Pop sockets
    • iTunes gift cards
  • Make-up (eye shadow, lip gloss, mascara)
  • Sports hats/T-shirts for local colleges or national sports teams (baseball, football, etc.)
  • Teenage board/card games
  • Adult coloring books (mandala, nature, animal themes)
  • Window liquid markers – oil-based paint sharpie (draw on casts)
  • Toru window glass color kit
  • Stress balls for kids/teens (animal, sports balls, emoji themes)
  • Tie dye kits
    • Plain white T-shirts in all children sizes

Special Needs Toys

  • Sensory toys (lights/vibration)
  • Fidget cubes
  • Knobby texture “chewy tubes” brand
  • Fidget spinners

Sports Videos

  • 30 for 30
  • Celtics, Patriots, Red Sox, New York Yankees, Bruins, UCONN

Donations we are unable to accept

Due to the hospital’s infection control policy and for the safety and well-being of our patients, we cannot accept the following items:

  • Used books, toys, games, stuffed animals
  • Any toy, game, craft or sports item containing latex, rubber or flexible foam which can cause an allergic reaction in some patients
  • Loose glitter or sand
  • Used electronics, VHS tapes, audio cassette tapes
  • Anything pertaining to weapons, gore or violence
  • Power wheelchairs and other used healthcare equipment (with the exception of manual wheelchairs, walkers and crutches in good condition)
  • Used clothing, shoes, greeting cards

We appreciate your understanding of these restrictions and have compiled a list of alternative donation sites for items we are unable to accept. The following organizations accept used clothing, books, art supplies and toys in good condition:

Gray House – 22 Sheldon Street, Springfield, MA

Springfield Boys and Girls Club – 481 Carew Street, Springfield, MA (No clothing)

Salvation Army – 285 Liberty Street, Springfield, MA

The following organizations accept used stuffed animals and blankets (no pillows):

Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society – 171 Union Street, Springfield, MA

Thomas J O’Connor Animal Control & Adoption Center – 627 Cottage Street, Springfield, MA

The following organization accepts gently used medical equipment:

The New England Assistive Technology (NEAT) Center at Oak Hill - 120 Holcomb Street, Hartford, CT
860-243-2869 or toll free: 866-526-4492

Thank you for thinking of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Springfield. If you have any questions or need further clarification, please contact our child life department at 413-735-1253.